Centrists for Europe

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Centrists for Europe
Centristi per l'Europa
Leader Pier Ferdinando Casini
Coordinator Gianpiero D'Alia
Founded 6 December 2016 (launched)
11 February 2017 (founded)
Split from Union of the Centre
Ideology Christian democracy
Centrism
Pro-Europeanism
Political position Centre
National affiliation Popular Civic List
Centre-left coalition
European affiliation none
International affiliation none
European Parliament group none
Chamber of Deputies
0 / 630
Senate
1 / 315
European Parliament
0 / 73
Website
www.centristixleuropa.it

Centrists for Europe (Italian: Centristi per l'Europa, CpE) is a Christian-democratic political party in Italy. The party was launched, as Centrists for Italy (Centristi per l'Italia, CpI), by splinters from the Union of the Centre in December 2016 and officially founded, with the current name, in February 2017.[1] Its most recognisable leader is Pier Ferdinando Casini.[2]

History[edit]

In the run-up of the 2016 constitutional referendum the Union of the Centre (UdC) chose to campaign for "No", while the New Centre-Right, the UdC's counterpart in Popular Area (AP), was among the keenest supporters of "Yes".

After the referendum, which saw a huge defeat of the "Yes" side, the UdC left AP altogether. However, some UdC splinters, notably including Pier Ferdinando Casini, Gianpiero D'Alia (who had previously launched Centrists for Sicily) and minister Gian Luca Galletti, launched "Centrists for Italy" and confirmed their alliance with the NCD within Popular Area.[3][4][5]

The party was officially founded, with the current name, in February 2017.[6][7] At the time the CpE included one minister (Galletti, who had been confirmed in the Gentiloni Cabinet in December), two deputies (D'Alia and Ferdinando Adornato) and three senators (Casini, Aldo Di Biagio and Luigi Marino).[8] Also former minister Francesco D'Onofrio joined the party.

In December 2017 the CpE launched the Popular Civic List (CP), within the centre-left coalition, along with Popular Alternative (AP), Italy of Values (IdV), Solidary Democracy (DeS), the Union for Trentino (UpT), Italy is Popular (IP) and minor parties/groups. The new leader of AP, Beatrice Lorenzin, was chosen as leader of the list too.[9][10][11]

In the 2018 general election CP obtained a mere 0.5% and no deputies, but Casini was re-elected to the Senate from a single-seat constituency in Bologna, thanks to the decisive support of the Democratic Party (PD).

Electoral results[edit]

Italian Parliament[edit]

Chamber of Deputies
Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
2018 into Popular Civic 0.54
0 / 630
Pier Ferdinando Casini
Senate of the Republic
Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
2018 into Popular Civic 0.52
1 / 315
Pier Ferdinando Casini

Regional Councils[edit]

Region Latest election # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/–
Sicily 2017 80,366 (#10) (with AP) 4.2
0 / 70

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