Socialist Labour Party of Croatia

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Socialist Labour Party
of Croatia

Socijalistička radnička partija Hrvatske
President Vladimir Kapuralin (since 2013)
Founder Stipe Šuvar
Founded 25 October 1997 (1997-10-25)[1]
Headquarters Pavla Hatza 14, Zagreb, Croatia
Newspaper Socijalizam danas
Youth wing Young Socialists
Membership  (2004) 3,500[1]
Ideology Communism
Political position Far-left
European affiliation Initiative of Communist and Workers' Parties
Colors Red
Politics of Croatia
Political parties

Socialist Labour Party of Croatia (Croatian: Socijalistička radnička partija Hrvatske or SRP) is a communist party in Croatia, also known as Socialist Workers' Party of Croatia. It is often considered to be one of the more authentically left-wing parties in Croatian politics.[2][3]


In theory, the Party is the meeting point of many different leftist ideologies.[4][5]

The Party emphasizes the importance of worker self-management and participatory democracy.[5] Socialist Labour Party supports new social movements; party delegates have supported Zagreb Pride and the union protests.

Defending the good name of Yugoslav resistance movement during the World War II is also one of the key issues.[5]

The Party also considers the war in the Nineties to be a civil war rather than a “Homeland war” which is a unique position among parties in Croatia.

The youth section of SRP is called Young Socialists.


The official paper is called Croatian: Socijalizam danas (Socialism Today).

Party organization in Split publishes its own paper - Croatian: Gariful (The Carnation).


The Party was formed in 1997 by a group of leftists gathered around the magazine called Hrvatska ljevica (Croatian Left) and its chief editor Stipe Šuvar. SRP filled a hole on the Croatian political left after the Social Democratic Union had lost influence and members and the Social Democratic Action moved more to the center.

The first election it contested was the 2000 parliamentary election. The party won 18,863 votes (0.66%).[6]

After the elections, a group of members from the Socialist Youth, the party's youth wing, left to form Green Left of Croatia.

In the 2001 local elections SRP managed to win some seats in smaller, ethnically mixed communities, such as Daruvar, Donji Lapac and Vrhovine.[7]

The party ran in the following 2003 parliamentary election and got 15,515 votes (0,59%).[8]

In 2004 Stipe Šuvar resigned as party president and was replaced by Ivan Plješa.[9]

Shortly after, a minority of members left to form Socialist Party of Croatia - Left Alternative, mostly due to personal disputes. The activist core, including the youth wing and the entire editorial board of Hrvatska ljevica (which worked beside the late Stipe Šuvar) is still a part of the SRP.

On last local elections in 2005, SRP formed a joint list with Social Democratic Union, New Alternative Party - Green Movement, Green Left of Croatia and Green Party but did not win any seats in local or regional assemblies, although it came close in several cities such as Šibenik, Rijeka and Pula).[10]

For the 2007 election it formed an alliance with the Left of Croatia.[11] The alliance got 9 884 votes (0.4%).[12] The party contested the 2011 election alone and won 5 177 votes (0.22%).[13]

Foreign relations

The Party attended several International Communist Seminars[14][15] hosted by the Workers' Party of Belgium and International Conference of Communist & Workers' Parties. It also contains a group called Workers' Struggle (Radnička borba) that is close to the reunified Fourth International.[16]

See also


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  2. Robert Bajruši (22 June 2004). "RH će biti zemlja 4 milijuna staraca i još toliko Europljana s vikendicama" (in Croatian). Nacional (weekly). Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2012. Unknown parameter |trans_title= ignored (help) <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  4. [1] Archived June 13, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 [2][dead link]
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  7. [4] Archived June 29, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
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  10. [6] Archived May 31, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
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  12. "IZBORI 2007". Retrieved 2013-10-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  14. [7][dead link]
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  16. [9][dead link]

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