Modern (political party)

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Leader Katarzyna Lubnauer
Founded May 2015
Membership (2016) 6,000
Ideology Liberalism[1]
Classical liberalism
European affiliation Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
International affiliation None
Social position Centre-left
Economic position Centre-right
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European Parliament
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Regional assemblies
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Modern (Polish: Nowoczesna, styled as .Nowoczesna), is a liberal[2] and classical-liberal[3] political party in Poland. The party was founded in May 2015 by the former World Bank economist Ryszard Petru.[4]


The party was founded in late May 2015 as NowoczesnaPL (ModernPL) by economist Ryszard Petru.[5]

Due to some controversy over its name – there had already been a non-governmental organization called the Modern Poland Foundation;[6] in August 2015, the party's name was changed to .Modern (.Nowoczesna).[7]

Around the same time, the party's new logo was presented, and Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz became its spokesperson.[8]

The party received 7.6% of votes in the 2015 parliamentary election, which resulted in winning 28 seats in the Sejm.[9][10]

The party was admitted into the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) on 4 June 2016.[11]


The party has been compared to the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP), with its emphasis on economic liberalism in its policy platform.[12]

Election results[edit]


Election year Number of
Percentage of
Number of
overall seats won
2015 1,155,370[9] 7.6 (#4)[9]
28 / 460


  1. ^ Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
  2. ^ Paul Kubicek (2017). European Politics. Taylor & Francis. p. 257. ISBN 978-1-317-20638-5. 
  3. ^ Marek Payerhin, ed. (2016). Nordic, Central, and Southeastern Europe 2016-2017. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 339. ISBN 978-1-4758-2897-9. 
  4. ^ Tom Lansford, ed. (2017). Political Handbook of the World 2016-2017. SAGE Publications. p. 1219. ISBN 978-1-5063-2715-0. 
  5. ^ ""Ciepła woda w kranie jest w Kijowie". Ryszard Petru obiecuje likwidację przywilejów" (in Polish). TVN24. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  6. ^ " to plagiat? Fundacja protestuje przeciw zawłaszczaniu jej nazwy" (in Polish). 31 May 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Nowoczesna bez "PL", ale z kwadratową kropką. Ugrupowanie Petru zmienia wizerunek" (in Polish). TVN24. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Nowoczesna z nowym rzecznikiem, logo i "jedynką"". Newsweek Polska (in Polish). 14 August 2015. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c "PKW: PiS zdobyło 37,58 proc. głosów. Wchodzi pięć partii, lewica poza Sejmem" (in Polish). TVN24. October 26, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  10. ^ Matthew S. Shugart; Rein Taagepera (2017). Votes from Seats: Logical Models of Electoral Systems. Cambridge University Press. p. 5. ISBN 978-1-108-41702-0. 
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  12. ^ Reinhold Vetter. Nationalismus im Osten Europas: Was Kaczynski und Orbán mit Le Pen und Wilders verbindet. Ch. Links Verlag. p. 61. ISBN 978-3-86153-939-1. 

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