European Democracy

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European Democracy
Democrazia Europea
Leader Sergio D'Antoni
Founded 11 February 2001
Dissolved 6 December 2002
Split from Italian People's Party
Merged into Union of Christian and Centre Democrats
Ideology Christian democracy
Political position Centre
National affiliation None

European Democracy (Italian: Democrazia Europea, DE) was a minor Christian democratic[1] and centrist[2] political party in Italy.

It was founded in 2001 by Sergio D'Antoni (former leader of the Italian Confederation of Workers' Trade Unions), Giulio Andreotti and Ortensio Zecchino, all three spliters from the Italian People's Party. Many ex-members of Lega Nord, including Vito Gnutti (former Minister of Industry) and Domenico Comino (and floor leader in the Chamber of Deputies).

In the 2001 general election the party scored 2.3% on a stand-alone list, winning only two seats in the Senate.[3] In December 2002 it was merged with the Christian Democratic Centre and the United Christian Democrats to form the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats (UDC).[4] Sergio D'Antoni became vice-secretary of the new party.


  1. ^ Maurizio Cotta; Luca Verzichelli (2007). Political Institutions of Italy. Oxford University Press. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-19-928470-2. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Fabio Padovano; Roberto Ricciuti, eds. (2007). "Appendix 2". Italian Institutional Reforms: A Public Choice Perspective. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-387-72141-5. 
  3. ^ Paolo Bellucci (2002). The Return of Berlusconi. Berghahn Books. p. 296. ISBN 978-1-57181-611-5. 
  4. ^ Mark F. Gilbert; K. Robert Nilsson; Robert K. Nilsson (2010). The A to Z of Modern Italy. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 436. ISBN 978-0-8108-7210-3.