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Direction Italy

Direction Italy

Direzione Italia
PresidentRaffaele Fitto
Founded28 January 2017 (2017-01-28)
Preceded byConservatives and Reformists
HeadquartersCorso Vittorio Emanuele II, 18
00186 Rome
IdeologyLiberal conservatism[1][2][3]
Political positionCentre-right[4]
National affiliationUs with Italy
Centre-right coalition
European affiliationAlliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe
European Parliament groupEuropean Conservatives and Reformists
Colours     Blue
Chamber of Deputies
1 / 630
Senate
0 / 315
European Parliament
2 / 73
Website
www.direzione-italia.it

Direction Italy (Italian: Direzione Italia, DI) is a liberal-conservative political party in Italy.

The party is led by Raffaele Fitto, a MEP in the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group.

History

The party was formed in January 2017 during a convention in Rome,[5] 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).[3] 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,[6] 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,[7] 1.2% in Alessandria,[8] 2.2% in Rieti,[9] etc.) and the party's Apulian most notable results were in Canosa di Puglia (20.2%),[10] Lecce (17.5%),[11] Casarano (13.5%),[12] and Martina Franca (11.6%).[13]

In June 2017 Fitto was unanimously re-elected president at the party's first national congress.[14][15] 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,[16] 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.[17][18] 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.[19] In November two deputies, Trifone Altieri and Roberto Marti, switched to Us with Salvini,[20] while Renata Bueno of the South American Union Italian Emigrants joined just the sub-group.[21]

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).[22][23][24] NcI was later enlarged to the Union of the Centre (UdC)[25][26][27] and Identity and Action (IdeA),[28][29] with the goal of reaching 3%, required to win seats from proportional lists under a new electoral law.

Leadership

References

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  2. ^ Cristofaro Sola (31 January 2017). "Ecco "Direzione Italia", il partito di Fitto". l'Opinione delle Libertà.
  3. ^ a b Cristiana Rizzo (29 January 2017). "Direzione Italia, ecco idee e alleati del nuovo partito (thatcheriano) di Raffaele Fitto". Formiche.net.
  4. ^ Giovanni Basini (February 2017). Charta minuta, ed. "Direzione Italia: una strategia per il centrodestra".
  5. ^ Cristofaro Sola (2017-01-31). "L'Opinione delle Libertà". Opinione.it. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  6. ^ "Senato della Repubblica senato.it - Variazioni nei Gruppi parlamentari". senato.it. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  7. ^ "Comune di Padova - Veneto - Elezioni Comunali Italia - Risultati - 11-25 giugno 2017 - la". Repubblica.it. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  8. ^ "Comune di Alessandria - Piemonte - Elezioni Comunali Italia - Risultati - 11-25 giugno 2017 - la". Repubblica.it. 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  9. ^ "Comune di Rieti - Lazio - Elezioni Comunali Italia - Risultati - 11-25 giugno 2017 - la". Repubblica.it. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  10. ^ "Comune di Canosa di Puglia - Puglia - Elezioni Comunali Italia - Risultati - 11-25 giugno 2017 - la". Repubblica.it. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  11. ^ "Comune di Lecce - Puglia - Elezioni Comunali Italia - Risultati - 11-25 giugno 2017 - la". Repubblica.it. 2017-06-14. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  12. ^ "Comune di Casarano - Puglia - Elezioni Comunali Italia - Risultati - 11-25 giugno 2017 - la". Repubblica.it. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  13. ^ "Comune di Martina Franca - Puglia - Elezioni Comunali Italia - Risultati - 11-25 giugno 2017 - la". Repubblica.it. 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  14. ^ "Direzione Italia, Fitto eletto presidente all'unanimità nel 1 congresso "Liberi da inciuci e inganni né grillini né nazareni"". Agoramagazine.it. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  15. ^ Claudio Paudice Giornalista, L'Huffington Post (2017-06-17). "Raffaele Fitto all'HuffPost: "Salvini e Meloni vogliono le primarie? Facciamole"". Huffingtonpost.it. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  16. ^ Altri articoli dalla categoria » (2017-06-15). "Centrodestra, Palese lascia Fitto e torna con Berlusconi: anche Labriola, eletta con i 5 Stelle - Repubblica.it". Bari.repubblica.it. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
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