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ÖDP (German political party)

Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei; Ecological Democratic Party

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Ökologisch-Demokratische Partei
Ecological Democratic Party

The ÖDP (not to be confused with the Turkish left-socialist ÖDP) is a moderate/conservative and ecological party, basically a more center-right counterpart to the Greens.

It has been founded in 1982 by Herbert Gruhl and his followers, leaving the Greens, as this had become to leftist. Among the parties that have no representation in federal or state parliaments, it is one of the most successful. It takes part in most elections and although never coming close to the 5%-threshold in state/federal/European election, it has gained a significant number of municipal mandates (in particular in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg). Furthermore it is quite active in referenda, its most significant success being the referendum for the abolishment of the Bavarian Senate.

Over the years, the ÖDP has used a number of slightly different logos, always including the party abbreviation and for quite some time now the colour orange. The party abbreviation is currently written in lower case letters.

However, I had never found any party flag; also the official information from the party had claimed (in 2000) that they had no flag [1].

During my recent WWW research I found a flag, though. This has been introduced together with the most recent, 2006 version of the logo. The flag is orange, with the party abbreviation and the full party name in black, size 80x115cm [2,3,4,5].

Another flag is used since 2008 for hoisting in front of party conventions etc. This is a vertical flag (440x140cm), white, with an orange stripe at the fly, and the orange inscription "ödp", plus the black inscription of the party's full name [4,6,7].
[1] E-Mail from ÖDP, 6 July 2000
[4] E-Mail from ÖDP, 27 March 2009
[5] party flag in collection Schmöger
[7] E-Mail from ÖDP, 31 March 2009
Marcus Schmöger, 2 Jun 2009


[ÖDP banner] image by Marcus Schmöger, 2 Jun 2009