The party was founded in 1991, after the Civic Forum split, by Václav Klaus and it is currently led by Mirek Topolánek since 2002. It led the Czech government in 1993-1997 and supported the government of the Czech Social Democratic Party in 1998-2002 under a power sharing agreement.
In the 2002 elections, it went from being the largest seat holder to being the second largest party in the Chamber of Deputies with 58 of 200 seats, and for the first time in its history, assumed the role of a true opposition party. The current Czech president, Václav Klaus, is the party's honorary president. In the European Parliament elections in June 2004 and in Senate and regional assembly elections in November 2004 it received over 30% of the votes.
Internationally, it is aligned with the International Democratic Union, the party itself claims to have similar ideas along the lines of the British Conservative Party, the Polish Civic Platform and the Spanish Partido Popular.
In July 2006, the Civic Democratic Party signed an agreement with the British Conservative Party to leave the EPP-ED Group and form a new centre-right European political party called MER (Movement for European Reform) in 2009. Yet, at the same time, Mirek Topolánek “has not ruled out the possibility of staying in the EPP-ED".
CZECH REPUBLIC: CZECH OPPOSITION LEADER WANTS 'EARLY REFERENDUM' ON EU MEMBERSHIP.(Civic Democratic Party Chairman Vaclav Klaus)(Brief Article)
Jun 07, 2000; Civic Democratic Party Chairman Vaclav Klaus said on 4 June that a referendum on the Czech Republic's accession to the EU must be...
CZECH REPUBLIC: CZECH OPPOSITION PARTY WANTS TELECOM PRIVATIZATION REVENUES FOR FLOOD AID.(opposition civic democratic party; Cesky Telecom sale revenues)(Brief Article)
Aug 22, 2002; The opposition Civic Democratic Party (ODS) on 20 August submitted a draft bill in the Chamber of Deputies stipulating that at...