Christian Social Party (Switzerland)
|German name||Christlich-soziale Partei (CSP)|
|French name||Parti chrétien-social (PCS)|
|Italian name||Partito Cristiano Sociale (PCS)|
|Romansh name||Partida cristiansociala de la Svizra (PCS)|
|Members of the Federal Council||None|
|Founded||21 June 1997|
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The Christian Social Party (CSP) (German: Christlich-soziale Partei; French: Parti chrétien-social) is a political party in Switzerland. The CSP is more social democratic than the Christian Democratic People's Party of Switzerland (CVP). With the moderate Christian left as its background, the CSP commits itself to social democratic and environmentalist political solutions. The core principles of the CSP contain, among others "solidarity with the socially and economically disadvantaged and the preservation of the environment."
The CSP only has one seat in the National Council of Switzerland, the lower house, which was held for decades by Hugo Fasel representing the canton of Fribourg. Since the 2011 federal election, the single CSP representative is Karl Vogler from the canton of Obwalden.
On a cantonal level, the CSP has many elected members, mainly in the Roman Catholic cantons of Valais, Fribourg, Obwalden and Jura. In the latter, the CSP had until late 2010 one elected member in the Executive body, the Conseil d'Etat of the Republic of Jura.
In the National Council, the party was part of the parliamentary group of the Greens until 2011, but has since been part of the Christian-Evangelical group together with Christian Democratic People's Party of Switzerland (CVP/PDC/PPD) and Evangelical People's Party of Switzerland (EVP).
The CSP is a center-left political party and has strong environmentalist views. It also has social values and aims for taxing richer people. On a societal point of view, it has very liberal views and acts in favour of abortion rights, same-sex relationships and euthanasia, which differs strongly with other common Christian political parties, which traditionally are conservative.
- Der Bund kurz erklärt (in German). Swiss Confederation. 2011. p. 21.
- Christian Social Party at swisspolitics.org
- Biography of Hugo Fasel, CSP member of parliament on the website of the Swiss Parliament. (German)
- Home page (in German); (in French)
- Umbrella organization including Freiburg chapter of the party (in German)
- CSP Jura (in French)
- CSP Näfels (in German)
- CSP Obwalden (in German)