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Tricolour Citizens' Movement
|Leader||Zuzana Majerová Zahradníková|
|Deputy Leaders||Jan Tesař|
|Founder||Václav Klaus Jr.|
|Founded||25 June 2019 (2019-06-25)|
|Split from||Civic Democratic Party|
|Headquarters||Freyova 82/27, Praha 9 – Vysočany|
|Think tank||Center for Civil Liberties|
|Colours||Tricolour of white, red and blue|
|Chamber of Deputies||
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The Tricolour Citizens' Movement (Czech: Trikolóra hnutí občanů, Trikolóra) is a hard Eurosceptic and national-conservative political party in the Czech Republic. It holds three seats in the Chamber of Deputies.
The founder and the leader of the movement is Václav Klaus Jr., a member of the Chamber of Deputies who was expelled from the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) on 16 March 2019. The movement's chief foreign policy adviser is his father Václav Klaus, an economist, politician, and former President and Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. Klaus Sr. was also the founder of ODS.
The party will contest the 2021 legislative elections as part of the Trikolora Svobodní Soukromníci electoral alliance.
Klaus Jr. said that he began considering the founding of a new party when he was expelled from the Civic Democratic Party (ODS) in March 2018. In April 2019 he announced that he would present the name and ideology of the party in June 2019 after the European Parliament elections. His father Václav Klaus, former Czech Prime Minister and President, was said to be a member. On 28 April 2019, Klaus Jr. called on his supporters on Facebook to help him choose the name of the party, pledging that he would buy a bottle for the winner. Many suggestions were satirical, such as Klaus Klaus Klan (a reference to the Ku Klux Klan), Party of Free Common Sense (Strana Svobodného Selského Rozumu – SSSR, a reference to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) or Klaustrophobia. Serious suggestions included the Patriotic Coalition (whose Czech name "Vlastenecká koalice" would share Klaus's initials) or Nation Together. In early June 2019 Klaus Jr. registered the name Tricolour Citizens' Movement.
The party was presented at a press conference on 10 June 2019, with Klaus Jr. saying that Tricolour would "defend Conservative ideas of a normal world". The party had two MPs at that time, Klaus Jr. and Zuzana Zahradníková Majerová, who were both elected as candidates of ODS. Among the members of the new party were psychiatrist Jan Pirk, doctor and former MP Boris Šťastný, economist Markéta Šichtařová, former vice rector of the University of West Bohemia Ivo Budil and Jan Teplý Sr. Klaus Jr. commented that there were approximately another 10 MPs who were considering joining Tricolour. The press conference was attended by Civic Democratic Party senator Jaroslav Zeman, leading to speculation that he may also join Tricolour.
The party held its founding assembly on 28 September 2019. Klaus Jr. was elected new leader of Tricolour. He stated that the party would "fight its Marxist and Maoist enemies", and expressed the view that Tricolour was a party for young people, as "Conservatism is Punk for today." Tricolour was endorsed by some foreign politicians such as Nigel Farage of the Brexit Party (UK), Petr Bystron of Alternative for Germany, and Viktor Orbán of Fidesz (Hungary). Some Czech media outlets have compared Klaus and Tricolour to Dutch politician Thierry Baudet and his Forum for Democracy party. The party had registered 10,000 supporters at the time, who are intended to be converted into members of Tricolour. The party got its third MP in July 2020 when Tereza Hyťhová (elected for Freedom and Direct Democracy) joined Tricolour.
In March 2021, Klaus Jr. resigned as leader of the party for personal reasons. Zuzana Majerová Zahradníková became acting leader of the party. The party will participate in the 2021 legislative election in an alliance with Svobodní and the Freeholder Party of the Czech Republic, known as Trikolora Svobodní Soukromníci.
The program of the party is based on three main "pillars":
- Prioritising the Czech Republic and its citizens over the rest of the world.
- The view that the wealth of the Czech Republic was created by the free enterprise of its citizens and companies, rather than government regulation.
- The defence of conservative values and "common sense".
The party has since published further policies, under the slogan Let's give the people back their country. The policies include improving the Czech education system, simplifying the tax code, assistance for young people and the elderly, support for the Czech military and police forces, prioritising Czech law over European law, and opposing "mass and uncontrolled immigration". The party supports Czech membership of NATO, but wants to reduce the power of the European Union, and supports a Europe "based on cooperation between free, independent nation states as opposed to a power centralized around Brussels", stating that the Czech parliament must not be "just a subordinate body approving laws written elsewhere".
As of 28 September 2019, the party had 240 members and 10,000 registered supporters.
|-||Václav Klaus Jr.||25 June 2019||28 September 2019|
|1||Václav Klaus Jr.||28 September 2019||23 March 2021|
|-||Zuzana Majerová Zahradníková||23 March 2021||Incumbent|
Chamber of Deputies
|2021||Zuzana Majerová Zahradníková||148,457||2.76%||
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