Democrazia Solidale

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Solidary Democracy
Democrazia Solidale
President Lorenzo Dellai
Coordinator Paolo Ciani
Founded 4 July 2014
Split from Civic Choice
Ideology Christian democracy
Christian left
Political position Centre-left
Chamber of Deputies
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European Parliament
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Solidary Democracy (Italian: Democrazia Solidale, Demo.S) is a centre-left Christian-democratic political party in Italy. The party's leader, Lorenzo Dellai, a former President of Trentino, has described Demo.S as a "Christian-social" party.[1]

Demo.S maintains solid relations with the Democratic Party and a number of minor parties/groups of the Christian left, notably including the Democratic Centre[1] (with which Demo.S forms a joint parliamentary group in the Chamber of Deputies named For Italy), the Christian Popular Union[2] (active mainly in Sardinia) and, in Trentino, the Union for Trentino.


Demo.S was formed in July 2014, following the split of the left-wing faction from the Populars for Italy. The party, led by Dellai, Andrea Olivero, Mario Marazziti, Mario Giro and Lucio Romano, re-affirmed the strategic (not just tactical) alliance with Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party (PD), while the PpI considered it temporary and wanted to restructure the centre-right camp instead. At its start, the party counted eight deputies, two senators, one deputy minister and one undersecretary.[3][4][5][6]

In December 2014 the party's two senators, Olivero and Romano, left For Italy, which was later disbanded, in order to join For the Autonomies, a miscellaneous group composed of minor autonomist and/or centre-left parties.[7] In the meantime, the For Italy group of the Chamber of Deputies welcomed the two deputies of the Democratic Centre (CD). In September 2015 a ninth deputy, Maurizio Baradello, joined the party and the parliamentary group;[8][9] Baradello died in May 2017.[10]

In January 2016 the "For Italy" group changed its name to "Solidary Democracy – Democratic Centre",[11] following a strengthening of the alliance with CD.[12] In February Giro, formerly an undersecretary, became deputy minister of Foreign Affairs; Giro was thus one of the party's two deputy ministers, along with Olivero at Agriculture.[13]

In June 2017 Fucsia Nissoli left the party in order to join Forza Italia (FI).[14][15]



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