Populars for Italy

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Populars for Italy
Popolari per l'Italia
President Mario Mauro
Founded 28 January 2014
Split from Civic Choice
Ideology Christian democracy[1]
Political position Centre-right
National affiliation Demo.SCD (Chamber)
GAL (Senate)
European affiliation European People's Party
Chamber of Deputies
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European Parliament
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Politics of Italy
Political parties

Populars for Italy (Italian: Popolari per l'Italia, PpI) is a Christian-democratic political party in Italy led by Mario Mauro, minister of Defence in Letta Cabinet and, previously, long-serving MEP for Forza Italia.

On 11 September 2014 the PpI were officially accepted into the European People's Party (EPP).[2][3]


The party was launched in November 2013 by splinters from Civic Choice led by Mario Mauro and Lorenzo Dellai.[4] Soon after, it formed joint parliamentary groups, named For Italy, with the Union of the Centre (UdC), while being part of Enrico Letta's government.[5][6][7] According to party leaders, the PpI would have soon merged with the UdC to form a new "centrist" party.[8]

The party was officially founded on 28 January 2014. In the meantime, Mauro was appointed president.[9][10]

In February 2014 Mauro was not confirmed as minister of Defence in Matteo Renzi's government, but the PpI joined the government with one deputy minister (Andrea Olivero at Agriculture) and three under-secretaries.[11]

In the 2014 European Parliament election the party externally supported the New Centre-Right – Union of the Centre joint list.

In July 2014 the PpI suffered the defection of its left-wing faction (composed by the majority of the party's MPs: eight deputies out of twelve and two senators out of eight), led by Dellai, Olivero, Mario Marazziti, Mario Giro and Lucio Romano, who launched Solidary Democracy (Demo.S). The new party re-affirmed the strategic alliance with Renzi's Democratic Party and its support for the government, while the PpI considered it just temporary as the party's declared goal was to restructure the centre-right camp instead.[12][13][14][15] By November the PpI were reduced to two deputies and three senators.

In an interview to Il Giornale,[16] Mauro hinted that the party might leave the Renzi Cabinet[17][18] and explained that the party's goal was that of dissolving Italy's EPP-member parties (Forza Italia, New Centre-Right, UdC and PpI) and forming a joint centre-right party.[19] Consequently, the three PpI senators left For Italy in order to join Great Autonomies and Freedom,[20] a centre-right miscellaneous group, formed (at the time) by other four center-right parties (Great South, Autonomy South, Movement for the Autonomies, New Italian Socialist Party), but the PpI continued to participate in the government with two under-secretaries, Domenico Rossi (Defense) and Angela D'Onghia (Education).

After the 2015 regional elections, which the party contested with its own list only in Apulia (obtaining a mere 0.4% of the vote),[21] the PpI decided to end their support to the Renzi Cabinet. In the event, three MPs left the party: Rossi and D'Onghia in order to continue to be part of the government, and Tito Di Maggio to join Conservatives and Reformists, a group of splinters from Forza Italia, led by Raffaele Fitto.[22] Moreover, the only remaining deputy of the party, Mario Caruso, was loosely affiliated.



  1. ^ Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
  2. ^ http://www.epp.eu/epp-concerned-over-actions-radical-islamic-militant-groups-and-over-latest-political-developments
  3. ^ Ncd: Quagliariello, accolti con voto unanime in famiglia Ppe
  4. ^ http://www.corriere.it/politica/13_novembre_23/mauro-presenta-popolari-l-italia-elettori-comune-ncd-ma-idee-diverse-f2299454-5449-11e3-b3cc-01de6c91b992.shtml
  5. ^ Nasce “Per l’Italia” gruppo di popolari fuoriusciti da scelta civica
  6. ^ http://www.formiche.net/2013/12/12/popolari-mauro-ripartono-milano-ecco-chi/
  7. ^ http://www.formiche.net/2013/12/14/popolari-mauro-milano/
  8. ^ Così i popolari per l’Italia si preparano alle Europee. Parola di Lucio Romano - Formiche
  9. ^ Centro: nasce movimento 'Popolari per l'Italia', presidente Mauro - ASCA.it
  10. ^ Lo schema delle alleanze dei Popolari di Mauro - Formiche
  11. ^ Internazionale » I sottosegretari del governo Renzi
  12. ^ L'ultima bufera tra i Popolari di Mauro: Dellai, Olivero e Giro fondano Democrazia Solidale - Formiche
  13. ^ Centro: nasce 'Demo.S-Democrazia Solidale', Dellai-Olivero tra promotori - ASCA.it
  14. ^ Così ripartono i Popolari senza Dellai e Olivero. Parla Mauro - Formiche
  15. ^ Perché puntiamo a un'alleanza con il Pd. Parla Dellai - Formiche
  16. ^ http://www.popolariperlitalia.org/la-collaborazione-fra-moderati-e-sinistra-e-giunta-al-capolinea-lintervento-di-mario-mauro/
  17. ^ http://www.direttanews.it/2014/11/13/senato-mario-mauro-in-fuga-dalla-maggioranza/
  18. ^ http://www.formiche.net/2014/11/13/perche-i-popolari-mauro-passano-allopposizione/
  19. ^ http://www.popolariperlitalia.org/unita-popolari-passa-attraverso-scioglimento-partiti-esistenti/
  20. ^ http://www.senato.it/Leg17/4244
  21. ^ http://www.repubblica.it/static/speciale/2015/elezioni/regionali/puglia.html?refresh_cens
  22. ^ http://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/notizie/2015-06-03/i-popolari-l-italia-lasciano-maggioranza-fuori-tre-senatori-e-palazzo-madama-nasce-gruppo-fittiani-160758.shtml?uuid=ABqSaerD

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