During the past twenty years in which political parties have enjoyed freedom in the Czech Republic, the Christian Democratic Party (KDU-ČSL) has struggled to gain significant influence while Christian parties have flourished in neighbouring countries. The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Germany remained dominant in the coalition government after its September elections. The Austrian People’s Party, ÖVP, has maintained support of the vast majority in Austria, and Poland’s Law and Justice is the second major political party in the country. In the upcoming Czech elections currently scheduled for June 2010, the KDU-ČSL is at serious risk of gaining too few votes to be included in parliament. Why has the Christian democratic movement faired so poorly in the Czech Republic compared to these neighbours?