European Choice

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European Choice
Scelta Europea
Leaders Michele Boldrin
Bruno Tabacci
Stefania Giannini
Founded 2014
Ideology Liberalism,
Pro-Europeanism
Political position Centre
European affiliation ALDE
European Parliament
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Website
http://www.sceltaeuropea.it/
Politics of Italy
Political parties
Elections

European Choice (Italian: Scelta Europea, SE) was a pro-European and primarily liberal coalition of political parties in Italy formed to contest the 2014 European election.

The list was supported by Civic Choice (SC), Democratic Centre (CD), Act to Stop the Decline (FiD), the Italian Liberal Party (PLI), the Italian Republican Party (PRI), the Liberal Democratic Alliance for Italy (ALI), the Conservatives and Social Reformers (CSR), the European Federalist Party (PFE) and miscellaneous minor movements.[1][2][3]

In early March 2014 the list received support from Guy Verhofstadt, former Prime Minister of Belgium and candidate of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party for President of the European Commission,[4] and the endorsement of Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister of Italy, former President of the European Commission and former president of the Democratic Party.[5][6] Later, on 19 March, CD, FiD and other groups agreed to go forward with the creation of the list without SC [7] whose members criticised the deal and Verhofstadt himself.[8] In particular, senator Pietro Ichino explained that his party could not be part of a grouping so heterogeneous to include groups as diverse as the Conservatives and Social Reformers, whose MEP Cristiana Muscardini, a "nationalist", sat in the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, or MEP Sonia Alfano, a left-winger who had previously tried to join The Other Europe, a "far-left" anti-austerity list.[9] However, the list went ahead with the participation of SC (as originally planned) and the exclusion of Italy of Values, the main Italian member of the ALDE Party, and controversial candidates, including Muscardini and Alfano.

In the election SE received 0.7% of the vote, being stronger in the South (CD's heartland),[10] and failed to return any MEPs.[11]

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