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A new type of revolutionary party was needed, whose nature and activity were different from the purely rhetorical revolutionary stances of the old SI parties. Comfortably embedded in the developing parliamentary structures of their states, these parties had decayed and proved by their failure in 1914 that they could never bring change. The new party, of which the Russian Bolsheviks were the model, would be genuinely revolutionary in that it sought the destruction by force of the bourgeois state, not its gradual transformation via electoral majorities.

The names refer to party families, irrespective of name changes undergone by the various TNP; thus Liberals includes European Liberals, Democrats and Reformers, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, etc. ∗ These figures do not include the Conservative group, which joined the EPP as its European Democrat (ED) subgroup during the 1989–1994 EP. The figures for the Conservatives were 1979–64; 1984–50; 1989–34. g. Slovakian Magyars or Italian Südtiroler Volkspartei [SVP] in EPP). ‡ These figures amalgamate the moderates of the UEN and the harder Eurosceptics of EDD/ID.

The revolutionary party. Left to their own devices, the oppressed classes would never be capable of organising themselves for the revolutionary struggle that would overthrow bourgeois rule and allow the advent of socialism. A new type of revolutionary party was needed, whose nature and activity were different from the purely rhetorical revolutionary stances of the old SI parties. Comfortably embedded in the developing parliamentary structures of their states, these parties had decayed and proved by their failure in 1914 that they could never bring change.

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