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|Founded||28 January 2017|
|Preceded by||Conservatives and Reformists|
|Headquarters||Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 18|
|National affiliation||Us with Italy|
|European affiliation||Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe|
|European Parliament group||European Conservatives and Reformists|
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The party was formed in January 2017 during a convention in Rome, which saw the participation of several parties, including Fitto's Conservatives and Reformists (CR) – formed mainly by splinters from Forza Italia (FI), of which they formed the "Rebuilders" faction, in 2015 –, the Italian Liberal Party (PLI), the Friuli-Venezia Giulia-based Responsible Autonomy (AR), the Sardinian Reformers (RS) and Together for Molise (IpM). The aforementioned parties might retain some or all of their autonomy. In May 2017 the seven senators of DI joined the Great Autonomies and Freedom (GAL) group, composed primarily of minor centre-right parties, while the CR sub-group in the Chamber maintained its name for some time.
In the 2017 local elections the party increased the CR's vote in Apulia (Fitto's heartland), but failed to make inroads outside the region (1.1% in Padua, 1.2% in Alessandria, 2.2% in Rieti, etc.) and the party's Apulian most notable results were in Canosa di Puglia (20.2%), Lecce (17.5%), Casarano (13.5%), and Martina Franca (11.6%).
In June 2017 Fitto was unanimously re-elected president at the party's first national congress. In Parliament the party suffered the loss of Rocco Palese, leader in the Chamber and long-time ally of Fitto, who switched back to FI, while welcoming two splinters from the Civics and Innovators sub-group, Pierpaolo Vargiu (a member of the RS) and Salvatore Matarrese, both elected with Civic Choice (SC) in 2013. CR's sub-group within the Chamber's Mixed Group was contextually renamed "Direction Italy" and Cosimo Latronico was selected as new sub-group leader. In July 2017 another deputy, Maurizio Bianconi, left the party. In November two deputies, Trifone Altieri and Roberto Marti, switched to Us with Salvini, while Renata Bueno of the South American Union Italian Emigrants joined just the sub-group.
In December 2017 DI was a founding member of Us with Italy (NcI), a pro-Silvio Berlusconi centrist electoral list within the centre-right coalition for the 2018 general election, along with SC, Act! (F!), splinters from Popular Alternative (AP – two groups, a liberal one led by Enrico Costa and a Christian-democratic one led by Maurizio Lupi), Popular Construction (CP) and the Movement for the Autonomies (MpA). NcI was later enlarged to the Union of the Centre (UdC) and Identity and Action (IdeA), with the goal of reaching 3%, required to win seats from proportional lists under a new electoral law.