Party for the Open Society
The Party for the Open Society (in Czech Strana pro otevřenou společnost, SOS) is a tiny social liberal
Social liberalism
Social liberalism is the belief that liberalism should include social justice. It differs from classical liberalism in that it believes the legitimate role of the state includes addressing economic and social issues such as unemployment, health care, and education while simultaneously expanding...

 political party in the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe. The country is bordered by Poland to the northeast, Slovakia to the east, Austria to the south, and Germany to the west and northwest....


Origin of the party was the Civic Movement (Občanské Hnutí), a liberal group founded in 1991 inside Civic Forum
Civic Forum
The Civic Forum was a political movement in the Czech part of Czechoslovakia, established during the Velvet Revolution in 1989...

. In 1993 the party was renamed into the Free Democrats (Svobodní Demokraté). After failure in local elections in 1994 the party merged with the Liberal National Social Party
Czech National Social Party
Czech National Social Party was a civic nationalist political party established in 1898 within the Young Czech Party as a nominally socialist group with a stress on achieving Czech independence from Austria–Hungary Czech National Social Party (Czech: Česká strana národně sociální) was a civic...

 to the Free Democrats-Liberal National Social Party (Svobodní Demokraté - Liberální strana národně sociální). After the merged party's failure in 1996 parliamentary elections and political disagreements over the nationalism of members of the old CSNS, many Free Democrats left the party in 1997, and in 1998 formed the current Party for the Open Society. At this time SOS has 120-150 members.

Their programme mentions sustainable development
Sustainable development
Sustainable development is a pattern of resource use, that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come...

 as the most important point. During Czech legislative election, 2006
Czech legislative election, 2006
Parliamentary elections were held in the Czech Republic on 2 and 3 June 2006.The pre-election campaign was fierce and mostly negative. A major scandal broke out few days before the election. The two largest parties had profited from the divisive campaign – both had obtained the highest percentage...

 SOS had several members as candidates on Green Party
Green Party (Czech Republic)
The Green Party is a political party in the Czech Republic.The party was founded in February 1990 but for a long time it struggled to obtain significant influence in Czech politics. In the 2002 legislative election the party received 2.4% of the vote...

list, none was elected.
In 2006 SOS has local organisations in four regions (out of 13) and in Prague. The current number of active members is not published, but the party website is kept up-to-date. SOS did not field an independent electoral list for the 2010 parliamentary elections, urging its supporters once again to support the Green Party.

The independent senator Soňa Paukrtová was formally nominated for re-election by SOS and was re-elected 28 October 2006.

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