The Right

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The Right
La Destra
Secretary Francesco Storace
Vice Secretary Nello Musumeci
Founded 14 July 2007
Split from National Alliance
Headquarters via Sebastiano Conca, 6
00197 Rome
Newspaper LaDestraNews
Membership unknown
Ideology National conservatism
Political position Right-wing
National affiliation Forza Italia (since 2014)
International affiliation none
European affiliation none
European Parliament group none
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The Right (La Destra) is an extra-parliamentary national-conservative[1] political party in Italy.



On 3 July 2007 Storace announced his resignation from National Alliance in a letter posted on his website, claiming that it had become too centrist and moderate and in protest against the lack of internal democracy in the party, and on 27 July he presented the new party.

On 10 November the party was officially founded in a constituent congress in Rome. On that occasion the Sicilian Alliance of Nello Musumeci merged into The Right and Daniela Santanchè, a leading female member of AN, left the party to join The Right,[2] broadening its appeal, as she was close to the Italian Liberal Party and never joined the Italian Social Movement. In January 2008 Unitalia, a minor party in South Tyrol, and Taverna List, a minor party in the province of Trentino, were merged into The Right.

As the party is organized as a federal structure, Unitalia and Taverna List became the provincial sections of the party in the Provinces of South Tyrol and Trento, respectively, as Sicilian Alliance had become the regional section of the party in Sicily.[3]

2008 general election[edit]

On 15 February 2008 it was announced that The Right would run the 2008 general election in alliance with far right Tricolour Flame, outside The People of Freedom-led coalition. Daniela Santanchè will be the candidate for Prime Minister and leader of the joint list between the two parties. The joint list is known as The Right–Tricolour Flame.

On 18 January Giancarlo Pagliarini, a libertarian and keen fiscal federalist who was a leading member of Lega Nord from 1991 to 2007 (he was even close to the independentist wing of the party), joined the party[4] to head the coalition list in Lombardy for the Senate.

Despite several well-known candidates, the party gained only 2.4% and thus failed to surpass the 4% threshold for entering the Chamber of Deputies. Also Storace, who topped the list in his home-region Lazio, failed re-election, as the coalition stopped at 3.2%, five points below the 8% regional threshold.[5]

Out of Parliament[edit]

On 20 July 2008, during a party convention, Storace resigned from party leadership, opening way for a national congress and a leadership race.[6] The congress will also decide the party's electoral strategy, basically choosing either to continue an independent path or to join The People of Freedom (PdL) of Silvio Berlusconi. Storace favours the first option, while Santanchè an alliance with Berlusconi.[7] President Buontempo addedthat Storace will continue to be party secretary at least until the November congress and after if party members will decide so.[8]

On 22 August Santanchè officially presented her candidacy for the party leadership, competing against Storace, who will stand again as candidate.[9] However, on 28 September, Santanchè resigned as spokesperson and from the party, opening the possibility for a more consensual congress.[10] On 9 November Storace was re-elected secretary during a party congress. On that occasion he remarked that he did not exclude a future alliance with PdL.[11]

In October the party suffered another split led by Stefano Morselli, who launched Federal Right,[12] and Paolo Casolari, journalist, one of the founders and head of the party in Emilia-Romagna. In November Santanchè launched her Movement for Italy.[13] Both parties are to join PdL soon, while a third party resulting from the split, Libertarian Right led by Luciano Buonocore, has already joined it.[14]

In the 2009 European Parliament election the party ran as part of The Autonomy, that included also Movement for Autonomies, the Pensioners' Party and the Alliance of the Centre,[15][16] gaining 2.2% of the vote, resulting in no seats in the European Parliament. For the 2010 regional elections Storace signed a national pact with the PdL under which The Right supported PdL or Lega Nord candidates for President in all 13 regions where an election will take place.[17]

In the 2012 Sicilian regional election, Nello Musumeci ran for President for the centre-right coalition, but lost to Rosario Crocetta of the Democratic Party.[18]

In the 2013 general election, held in February 2013, the party obtained 0.7% of the vote, gaining no seats.[19]

Adhesion to Forza Italia[edit]

In 2014 The Right became an associate party of Forza Italia.[20]


The party defines itself the party of the "social, national and popular right" and promotes patriotism, Catholic values and national cohesion. Among other things, The Right is strongly supportive of direct democracy and of presidentialism. Its economic policy is a mixture of statism, such the strong support for the welfare state and the introduction of the so-called "social loan" (mutuo sociale) for young people in order to enable them to purchase a house, and of libertarian proposals, such as the introduction of the flat tax and fiscal federalism.

Party leader Francesco Storace maintains that his party has nothing to do with the far right and instead he says to take inspiration from Indro Montanelli, a conservative-liberal journalist and editor of Il Giornale who declared "I am a right-winger, but this is not the right-wing I dreamt of". Although the party continues to distance itslelf from The People of Freedom, it also rejects for the future any alliance with the parties of the far right, such as New Force and even Tricolour Flame, with which formed a joint list for the 2008 general election.[21]

Storace endorsed Barack Obama and his proposed foreign policy for the United States 2008 presidential election.[22]

Popular support[edit]

The first opinion poll after the announcement of Storace put The Right at 3.2%.[23] According to this survey, The Right may steal votes both from National Alliance and from Social Action, Alessandra Mussolini's party. Other polls have placed the party around 5%.[24] After the fall of Romano Prodi government, The Right was placed at 3.3%.[25]

However, in the 2008 general election, the party was damaged by its choice to run alone and won only 2.4% of the vote. In that occasion the party was particularly strong in Central Italy: 3.6% in Umbria, 3.4% in Lazio and the Marche.[26]


The party in 2007–2008 had 7 MPs: 4 deputies (Teodoro Buontempo, Antonio Pezzella, Roberto Salerno and Daniela Santanchè) and 3 senators (Stefano Losurdo, Stefano Morselli and Francesco Storace himself). Leading members of the new party include Nello Musumeci, MEP, Paolo Danieli and Michele Florino, both former Senators, Alberto Arrighi, former editor of Area (the journal of Social Right, a faction of AN), Paolo Agostinacchio, former mayor of Foggia, and Nuccio Carrara (former under-secretary for Reforms in Berlusconi's governments).



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