The Left – The Rainbow
|The Left – The Rainbow|
|Founded||8 December 2007|
|Politics of Italy
The Left – The Rainbow (La Sinistra – L'Arcobaleno, SA), frequently referred as Rainbow Left (Sinistra Arcobaleno, SA), was a left-wing federation of parties in Italy that participated in the 2008 general election.
- the Communist Refoundation Party (PRC, communist, leader: Franco Giordano);
- the Party of Italian Communists (PdCI, communist, leader: Oliviero Diliberto);
- the Federation of the Greens (FV, green, leader: Alfonso Pecoraro Scanio, Minister of the Environment);
- the Democratic Left (SD, democratic-socialist, leader: Fabio Mussi, Minister of University and Research).
The federation was officially launched on 8–9 December 2007 with the goal of uniting Italian communist, socialist and ecologist parties in a united bloc, somewhat similar to what the centre-left forces have done with the Democratic Party and before that The Olive Tree.
The four parties tended to disagree on a number of issues, including the support for the Prodi II Cabinet, the symbol and the name of the federation, with the Greens wanting the word "ecologist" and the Italian Communists the hammer and sickle to be included, but in the end they formed a joint list for the 2008 general election.
In the election The Left – The Rainbow gained a disastrous 3.1% of the vote (down from 10.2%, combined result of the three parties in 2006 general election) and failed to gain any seats in the Italian Parliament. Shortly after, the Party of Italian Communists announced it would leave the federation, and the Communist Refoundation Party did the same soon after. These groups went on to launch the Anticapitalist and Communist List, which later became the Federation of the Left. Meanwhile the Greens and Democratic Left, together with the Socialist Party, Movement for the Left and Unite the Left, formed Left Ecology Freedom.
- Bertinotti, beato oppositore Corriere della Sera
- La Cosa Rossa? Sinistra e Arcobaleno. Corriere della Sera
- Sinistra Arcobaleno, «puntiamo al 15%». Corriere della Sera
- Welfare, spaccatura nella "Cosa Rossa". Corriere della Sera
- Bertinotti: «Il governo Prodi ha fallito». Corriere della Sera
- Cosa rossa: I Verdi e i Comunisti italiani litigano sul simbolo