Centrist Democrat International

Centrist Democrat International

The Centrist Democrat International was until 2001 the Christian Democrat International (CDI) and before that the Christian Democrat and People's Parties International (until 1999) (this earlier name is, since October 2000[1], still sometime used colloquially). This political international was created in 1961 in Santiago, Chile[2][3] as the Christian Democrat World Union, building on the legacy of other Christian Democrat internationals[4] who tried to create a Christian-inspired third way[5] alternative to the socialist internationals; in 1982 it was renamed for the first time Christian Democrat International.[6] The name officially changed due to the participation of groups of various faiths.[7] It is the global international political group dedicated to the promotion of Christian democracy. There are slightly more than 100 member parties, drawn principally from Europe and Latin America. Some of the CDI member national parties are also members of the International Democrat Union, although the CDI is closer to the political centre and more communitarian than the IDU.

The CDI's European wing, the European People's Party, is the largest political party at the European level. Its Latin American equivalent is the Christian Democrat Organization of America. The Democratic Party of the United States of America maintains link with CDI through the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. A youth organisation of the CDI is currently being established under the name of Youth of the Centrist Democrat International (YCDI).

The current Co-Presidents of the CDI are Pier Ferdinando Casini of Italy and Vicente Fox of Mexico, while its Executive Secretary is Antonio López-Istúriz, who is also Secretary-General of the EPP[8]


Member parties

Countries with members in government or as part of the governing coalition are in blue. Honduras, governed by the observer National Party of Honduras, and Russia, whose United Russia is a candidate for membership, are marked in light blue.
Country Party Continent
 Albania Democratic Party of Albania Europe
 Andorra Andorran Democratic Center Europe
 Angola National Union for the Total Independence of Angola Africa
 Argentina Christian Democratic Party America
 Armenia Rule of Law Party Europe
 Aruba Aruban People's Party America
 Belgium Christian Democratic and Flemish Europe
 Bolivia Christian Democratic Party America
 Brazil Democrats America
 Bulgaria Union of Democratic Forces Europe
 Burkina Faso Union for the Republic Africa
 Cambodia Funcinpec Asia
 Cape Verde Movement for Democracy Africa
 Chile Christian Democratic Party of Chile America
 Colombia Colombian Conservative Party America
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Movement for the Liberation of the Congo Africa
 Côte d'Ivoire Rally of the Republicans Africa
 Croatia Croatian Democratic Union Europe
 Cuba Christian Movement "Liberation" America
 Cuba Christian Democratic Party of Cuba America
 Curaçao National People's Party America
 Cyprus Democratic Rally Europe
 Czech Republic Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People's Party Europe
 Denmark Christian Democrats Europe
 Dominican Republic Social Christian Reformist Party America
 Ecuador People's Democracy-Christian Democratic Union America
 El Salvador Christian Democratic Party America
 France Union for a Popular Movement Europe
 Germany Christian Democratic Union Europe
 Greece New Democracy Europe
 Equatorial Guinea Popular Union Party Africa
 Equatorial Guinea Popular Action of Equatorial Guinea Africa
 Hungary Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union Europe
 Ireland Fine Gael Europe
 Italy Union of Christian and Centre Democrats Europe
 Italy UDEUR Populars for the South Europe
 Lebanon Lebanese Christian Democratic Union Asia
 Lebanon Phalange Asia
 Malta Nationalist Party Europe
 Mauritania Union for Democracy and Progress Africa
 Mauritania Union for the Republic Africa
 Mexico National Action Party America
 Moldova Christian Democratic People's Party Europe
 Morocco Istiqlal Party Africa
 Mozambique Democratic Movement of Mozambique Africa
 Netherlands Christian Democratic Appeal Europe
 Norway Christian Democratic Party Europe
 Paraguay Christian Democratic Party America
 Peru Christian People's Party America
 Philippines Lakas-Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino-Christian Muslim Democrats Asia
 Portugal Social Democratic Party Europe
 Romania Christian-Democratic National Peasants' Party Europe
 Romania Hungarian Romanian People's Party Europe
 Romania Democratic Liberal Party Europe
 San Marino Sammarinese Christian Democratic Party Europe
 Slovakia Slovak Democratic and Christian Union – Democratic Party Europe
 Slovenia New Slovenia Europe
 Slovenia Slovenian Democratic Party Europe
 Spain People's Party Europe
 Spain Democratic Union of Catalonia Europe
 Sweden Christian Democrats Europe
 Ukraine Christian Democratic Union Europe
 Venezuela COPEI America

Observer parties


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