Democratic Union (Italy)

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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

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 the Populars for Prodi 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 Democrats.


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