Democratic Union (Italy)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the current party with the identical name, see Democratic Union for Consumers.
Democratic Union
Unione Democratica
President Antonio Maccanico
Founded 26 February 1996[1]
Dissolved 27 February 1999
Preceded by Democratic Alliance
Merged into The Democrats
Ideology Social liberalism
Political position Centre-left
National affiliation The Olive Tree
Politics of Italy
Political parties

The Democratic Union (Italian: Unione Democratica, UD) was a small social-liberal political party in Italy.

It was founded in February 1996 by Antonio Maccanico (president of the party until 1999), Gerardo Bianco,[2] Willer Bordon and Giorgio Benvenuto, both of who were the members of Democratic Alliance, Valerio Zanone and Giorgio La Malfa.[3] The party was a minor member of The Olive Tree,[4] and formed a list with the Italian People's Party for the 1996 general election, electing four deputies and one senator. The party was part of the Prodi I Cabinet,[5][6] with Maccanico becoming Minister for Communications, and later the D'Alema I Cabinet.

In 1999 the party joined Romano Prodi's new party, the The Democrats.


  1. ^ Gabriella Fanello Marcucci (2003). Archivio del Parlamento, delle istituzioni, dei partiti e movimenti politici: documenti sonori in digitale. Rubbettino Editore. p. 180. ISBN 978-88-498-0701-1. 
  2. ^ Alan Friedman (27 February 1996). "Berlusconi Looks Like the Loser in Dini's Jump into Politics". The New York Times (Paris). Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Martin Bull; Martin Rhodes (5 March 2014). Crisis and Transition in Italian Politics. Routledge. pp. 102–103. ISBN 978-1-135-22274-1. 
  4. ^ Tom Lansford (15 April 2013). Political Handbook of the World 2013. SAGE Publications. p. 714. ISBN 978-1-4522-5825-6. 
  5. ^ Andrea Mammone; Giuseppe A. Veltri (25 February 2010). Italy Today: The Sick Man of Europe. Routledge. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-135-16494-2. 
  6. ^ Catherine Moury (2 May 2013). Coalition Government and Party Mandate: How Coalition Agreements Constrain Ministerial Action. Routledge. p. 101. ISBN 978-1-136-18910-4.