The Freedom Union was founded as a result of the fragmentation of the Civic Democratic Party. The clincher for the dividing of ODS was the long time internal tension caused by dubious financial sources the party. The Klaus’s opponents were more liberal in societal issues and the new party was more opinion plural in contrast with ideological environment of chairman Klaus. The Freedom Union was de facto movement liberal in ODS. The party was founded in the 1998 and in the early election in same year gained the representation in the Chamber of Deputies. In the 2002 Freedom Union merged with smaller right-liberal party Democratic Union (DEU) with the new name of the party US-DEU.
The ideological profile of the party was to ODS more liberal-centrist. The party supported the EU-integration and the integration of the Czech Republic in to the Western structures. Similarly to OSD, US-DEU emphasized the strong transatlantic relations with the USA. One of the most significant priorities was the support of the free market in favor with positive attitude to the globalization.
Election manifesto 2006
The ideological fundaments are the emphasis on equality and positive attitude to any kind of personal self-definition. Freedom Union supported the legalization of euthanasia, equal attitude to the gender, tolerance and the societal equality at all. The military and security accent got an unimportant in comparison with social issues. There is no mention of the foreign affairs or any kind of broader context of the manifesto although the manifesto emphasizes on tolerance and right to self-determination, and further (higher) embedding to human rights, the European Union, etc.
The manifesto has a fully post-modern and very liberal outlook and basis, and tries to reflect recent developments in society. The program does not seem like an election program as such, but rather like a protest program of some young movement with a distinctly unconventional character. The manifesto's ideological bases are the emphasis on equality and a positive attitude to any kind of personal self-definition. Freedom Union supported the legalization of euthanasia, an equal attitude to gender, tolerance and social equality for all. Military and security issues received less importance in comparison with social issues. There is no mention of foreign affairs or any kind of broader context of the manifesto, although the manifesto emphasizes tolerance and the right to self-determination, and further (greater) embedding of human rights, the European Union, etc.