Forza Europa (2017)

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Forza Europa
President Benedetto Della Vedova[1]
Founded 31 July 2017 (2017-07-31)
Headquarters vacant
Ideology Liberalism
Pro-Europeanism
Political position Centre
National affiliation More Europe1
European affiliation None
European Parliament group No MEPs
Chamber of Deputies
2 / 630
Senate
1 / 315
European Parliament
0 / 73
Website
www.forzaeuropa.it

1 Part of the centre-left coalition

Forza Europa (translation: "Forward Europe", FE) is a liberal and pro-Europeanist political party in Italy.

Its leader is Benedetto Della Vedova, an economist and long-time Radical politician, who has been member of the European Parliament for the Bonino List (1999–2004), candidate for President of Lombardy (2000), president of the Italian Radicals (2001–2003), founder and president of the Liberal Reformers (2005–2009), member of the Chamber of Deputies for Forza Italia (2006–2008), The People of Freedom (2008–2011) and Future and Freedom (2011–2013), member of the Senate for Future and Freedom (2013), Civic Choice (2013–2015) and in the Mixed Group (2015–present), and undersecretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Renzi Cabinet (2014–2016) and Gentiloni Cabinet (2016–present).

The party took part to the 2018 general election within More Europe (+E).

History[edit]

FE was originally launched as a pro European Union campaign during a convention in Milan on 11 February 2017.[2] The event saw the participation of leading public figures, including Mario Monti, Francesco Rutelli, Emma Bonino (leader of the Italian Radicals, who had recently parted ways from the Transnational Radical Party), Carlo Scognamiglio (leader of The Liberals), as well as some members of the Civics and Innovators (CI) group in the Chamber of Deputies (Gianfranco Librandi, Andrea Mazziotti and Stefano Dambruoso).[3] The campaign soon became a structured association,[4][5][6] with an active role played by Carmelo Palma and Piercamillo Falasca, who had been part of Della Vedova's inner circle since the years as Radical.

In June 2017 Della Vedova had introduced FE to the ALDE Party in Brussels,[7] and, for their part, ALDE leaders had also been trying to unite FE, Civic Choice (SC), the Radicals and other left-leaning liberals, in order to build the Italian section of the ALDE Party, a goal they have long missed, most notably with the SC-dominated European Choice list in the 2014 European Parliament election (0.7% of the vote).

In July 2017 FE organised a convention in Rome, which was seen as the beginning of its transformation into a full-fledged party. The event was attended by Bonino, Mazziotti, Librandi, Umberto Ranieri and Carlo Calenda (minister of Economic Development).[8][9][10][11]

In November 2017 FE, the Radicals and some CI members launched More Europe (+E), a pro-Europeanist list for the 2018 general election, led by Bonino.[12][13][14] +E was part of the centre-left coalition led by Matteo Renzi and the Democratic Party (PD).

The list won 2.6% of the vote in the election, falling short of the 3% threshold, and no FE member was elected neither in single-seat constituencies.

Leadership[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forza Europa: l'Assemblea elegge Della Vedova Presidente e Falasca Segretario". forzaeuropa.it. 22 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "Forza Europa (Convention)". Radio Radicale. 11 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "Forza Europa, Monti, Rutelli e Bonino a Milano con Della Vedova". Huffington Post. 11 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Della Vedova: "Vi spiego Forza Europa, radicali pro-Ue"". Dire. 4 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Carretta, David (9 May 2017). "L'Ue è più timida dei neoeuropeisti entusiasti organizzati e in marcia". Il Foglio. 
  6. ^ Signore, Adalberto (25 April 2017). "La bandiera europeista non è stata ammainata: solo Berlusconi l'ha capito". il Giornale. 
  7. ^ "Calenda "benedice" il movimento europeista di Della Vedova". Huffington Post. 26 July 2017. 
  8. ^ "Forza Europa, Della Vedova lancia il nuovo movimento con Calenda e Bonino". affaritaliani.it. 24 July 2017. 
  9. ^ Carugati, Andrea (30 July 2017). "Debutta il partito "Forza Europa". Calenda si toglie l'abito da tecnico". La Stampa. 
  10. ^ Postiglione, Alessio (31 July 2017). "Bonino e Calenda battezzano Forza Europa, il movimento degli europeisti radicali". Linkiesta. 
  11. ^ Falasca, Piercamillo (28 July 2017). Formiche.net, ed. "Chi e come dice Forza Europa in Italia - Formiche.net". 
  12. ^ Carugati, Andrea (23 November 2017). "I radicali alle elezioni da soli: la nuova lista si chiamerà "+ Europa"". La Stampa. 
  13. ^ Paudice, Claudio (23 November 2017). "Bonino vara +Europa e lascia la porta aperta al Pd. Ma sulle firme è "missione impossibile"". Huffington Post. 
  14. ^ Patta, Emilia (5 December 2017). "Centro-sinistra, il duello sulle priorità". Sole 24 Ore. 

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