Anticapitalist and Communist List
The Anticapitalist and Communist List (Lista Comunista e Anticapitalista) was a communist coalition of political parties in Italy, formed in the run-up to the 2009 European Parliament election in order to overcome the 4% threshold introduced by the new electoral law.
The list included:
- Communist Refoundation Party (PRC, communist, leader: Paolo Ferrero)
- Party of Italian Communists (PdCI, communist, leader: Oliviero Diliberto)
- Socialism 2000 (PRC, democratic-socialist, leader: Cesare Salvi)
- United Consumers (CU, consumer protection, leader: Bruno De Vita)
The formation of the list marked the first time that the PRC and the PdCI presented a joint list since the 1998 split, let alone The Left – The Rainbow in the 2008 general election. The list may be the start of a process of re-union of the two major communist parties of Italy, that had been anyway reduced in their electoral strength since then.
The Workers's Communist Party and Critical Left, two more break-away groups from the PRC, declined the invitation to take part to the list, while Salvi and his group left Democratic Left in order to join. Democratic Left and the reformist wing of the PRC took part to Left and Freedom along with the Federation of the Greens and the Socialist Party, while the Worker's Communist Party and Critical Left chose to run their own lists.
The list received just 3.4% of the national vote and failed to return any MEPs.