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Social democratic??[edit]

How can this party claim to be a social democratic party when it is part of the right wing alliance???--Oddeivind (talk) 08:36, 23 November 2007 (UTC)

Exactly as the Italian Socialist Party was social-democratic when in coalition with Christian Democracy and the Italian Liberal Party in the 1980s. --Checco (talk) 14:45, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
But then the coalition was more centrist. The alternative would have been a cooperation with the communists. As far as I can see social democracy is to the ledt of the centre. I am a social democrat myself, and I wouldnt even "touch" Berlusconi with gloves. Besides,there are parties in the centre-left coalition which are probably to the right of social democracy. It doesnt make sense that they should ally with the right. But I read somewhere that this is the party of Bettino Craxi and that he has close personal ties with Berlusconi (ties that are connected to the mafia??) Is this correct? --Oddeivind 11:17, 3 December 2007 (UTC)
Undoubtely Forza Italia is born by the union of Christian democrats, liberals and social democrats. Berlusconi himself was a Socialist voter. The party is basically centrist, but there are some groups who are clearly social-democratic (by German or British standards) and also the party Vice President, Giulio Tremonti, is more a social democrat than a liberal and indeed he was a former Socialist too. The NPSI is one of the heis of the late Italian Socialist Party and is a social-democratic party. It is close to Berlusconi's Forza Italia, but connections with Mafia are only speculation. Some members of FI (as some members of every Italian political party) had been accused of being connected with Mafia, but this has nothing to do with the alliance of NPSI with Forza Italia. I think that you are mixing different issues and making a lot of confusion! Let me know if there is something else you don't understand. --Checco 12:38, 3 December 2007 (UTC)
But Forza Italia belongs to the right wing alliance, right? If you look at the left wing alliance, you have people that are to the right of socail democracy, like Romano Prodi, who used to be a member of the old Christian Democratic Party, although probably on that partys left wing. And Forza Italia cooperates with people who used to be fascists. To me Forza Italia seems clearly to the right of the Christian Democrats. About the new Democratic Party, one of its predecsessors, Democracy is Freedom-Daisy, had as one of its founding members the PPI, which itself descends from the Christian Democrats. When I take a look at the new party, it seems to be a mixture of social democracy, social liberalism and christian left. Forza Italia seems to be more of a Thatcherite party. What about those who used to vote for the old Socialis Party. I would guess they vote for the left wing alliance. --Oddeivind 13:07, 3 December 2007 (UTC)
Forza Italia is not Tatcherite at all (sigh for me) and is the major Christian-democratic party in Italy. AN members used to be neo-fascist (in a very moderate and democratic way), but as they founded AN they are a group of moderate national-conservatives. Romano Prodi was a member of DC but this does not mean that he is not a leftist: many mebers of DC were clearly to left from PSI. The former Socialist voters vote overwhelmingly for Forza Italia, even if some of them support small SDI and some others PD. You may find interesting to read Italian Socialist Party#Diaspora and especially note 1. Also most votes of DC now vote for Forza Italia and UDC: indeed these parties have more than 35% together in opinion polls, while DL took barely 10% of the vote the last time it run alone. PD is a mixture of social democracy, Christian left and social liberalism, exactly as DL was a mixture of Christian left, social liberalism and social democracy (the order is important). You may find interesting also Forza Italia#Factions, List of Forza Italia leading members by political origin and it:Provenienza dei politici appartenenti a Democrazia è Libertà - La Margherita. --Checco 13:20, 3 December 2007 (UTC)
I tend to agree with oddeivind in that NPSI is not a social democratic party per se. In politics, when forming alliances, people's relations or corporate interests are often more important than nominal ideological positions. I remember that the electoral archive also used to qualify NPSI just as a 'conservative' party (at the time this party still had deputies in the parliament). This was probably also based on the fact that out of two main alliances of the Italian political landscape the NPSI belonged to the one that was apparently more right-wing (correct me if I'm mistaken).Miacek (talk) 15:05, 7 December 2008 (UTC) OK, I have to correct myself: they still have deputies, as the article says.
Thus, in my opinion the IP was thinking in the right direction. I suggest adding sth in the infobox that would reflect NPSI's position in actual politics. Miacek (talk) 15:27, 7 December 2008 (UTC)
NPSI is a social-democratic party and also many members of Forza Italia, the main party of the centre-right alliance, are social democrats. It can be strange, but Italy is strange... --Checco (talk) 10:54, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
I believe the Soc dem faction(s) of Forza Italia is/are centre-left in the Forza Italia context. Most of the DP members are probably to the left of the FI soc dem faction members. Similarly, when the Democratic Left Party was formed, it included minor splitters from all the main parties (exc. MSI but inlc. Liberals and Republicans). If I remember correctly, many Socialist Party members (let alone Democratic Socialist Party members) used to be to the right of the DC positions, nominal affiliation notwithstanding. If there are any English source for NPSI, you would be more than welcome to add them. The article says that decision regarding not entering the centre-left coalition laid in the past during Mani Pulite affair when the old Italian Socialist Party disintegrated while the ex-Communist party was left untouched. As of now, I believe that the NPSI was formed by former socialist who were personally on friendlier terms with the new centre-right groups and their socialist affiliation is now only a tradition, folklore, so to say. --Miacek (talk) 12:50, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
It is not exactly as you say. In the PdL there are some people who are to the left of some PD members. In fact some conservative or centrist politicians who dislike Berlusconi joined the PD, while some progressive and social-democratic politicians who disliked the "communist" roots of the PD joined the centre-right. The NPSI is a small party and I don't think it deserves a long discussion, especially because it will merge into the PdL in two months. This article will soon be the article about the NPSI 2000-2009 and I don't think it is problematic to consider it social-democratic, as in some contexts it formed alliances with the centre-left SDI (the other party of ex-Socialists), its members even joined the PES group in the European Parliament and their political positions are actually left-wing on many subjects. --Checco (talk) 14:47, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
OK, in a way, your sentence “The NPSI is a small party and I don't think it deserves a long discussion, especially because it will merge into the PdL in two months” can actually sum up the dispute here ;-) Miacek (talk) 15:06, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
Regarding your last edit, other that observing that it.Wiki can't be a source for wn.Wiki (as I told you in your talk page), we should consider that this party has been social-democratic throughout all its short history (2000-2009) and that it would be incorrect to describe it only because of its final collocation. --Checco (talk) 15:27, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
I don't base my judgments on other wikis, esp. in languages that are difficult for more to understand. However, as already said, the consensus was pretty clear there. Also, my version does consider that theoretically “this party has been social-democratic throughout all its short history (2000-2009)” as well as the fact de facto they have been part of centre-right throughout this period. I'd like to have both of these reflected in the infobox. --Miacek (talk) 15:40, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
It is already written with which party the NPSI is in alliance. Anyway we cannot leave "centre-right" because it is not an ideology but a political position: what about centrism? Morevoer left-right labels are misleading when used in international contexts and, in fact, the Italian centre-right encompasses also a part of what is considered centre-left in other countries and includes many social democrats, so the NPSI is not an exception, as most members of the late PSI joined the so-called centre-right. --Checco (talk) 15:50, 9 December 2008 (UTC)
As also Itanesco pointed the NPSI was a social-democratic party. I say "was" as it is a former political party, as it was merged into the PdL in March and that many of its core members had left in 2007 in order to join to the left wing Socialist Party. The NPSI has been an ally of the centre-right (but is the German SPD centre-right because it is an steady ally of the CDU in many states and currently also in Berlin?), but it was not a centre-right party and also Forza Italia contained a large group of lefists, making it more a centre-left party that a centre-right one from an European perspective.
I don't see any reason for labelling the NPSI as social-democratic and I perfectly agree with Itanesco's edit, that's why I reverted Miacek's rollback. This is a small party and not a big deal, but I hope that Miacek won't matter if we describe this party correctly as a social-democratic party. Moreover the article explaines everything about the NPSI's alliances (anyway in many regional/municipal contexts the party was part of the centre-left). --Checco (talk) 08:00, 6 April 2009 (UTC)

Socialdemocratic? (2)[edit]

Social democracy?! Is it a joke? --Baf09 (talk) 15:36, 17 July 2009 (UTC)

we could only reach consensus by having both 'social democracy' and 'centre-right politics' and/or 'liberalism' in the infobox. The party definitely pursued centre-right policies; however, as the article explains, one of the faction of NPSI indeed joined other social dem. goups to form a Socialist Party of Italy - likely a genuinely social democratic organization. Regards, --Miacek and his crime-fighting dog (woof!) 16:31, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
Let me add that the party did not pursue centre-right politics and, although the party joined the centre-right PdL in January 2009, it previously suffered the split of the party majority that was merged into the PS, a party that is now in alliance with left-wing parties such as the Greens and former Communists (see Left and Freedom). Moreover it is useful to remember that the alliance with the centre-right was not so awkward as someone might think outside Italy as most members of the late PSI had joined Berlusconi's Forza Italia in the 1990s. --Checco (talk) 13:28, 18 July 2009 (UTC)
But note also that formal affiliation with a certain ideology may sometimes remain just something formal. I remember I once saw an article where Italian political parties of 1980s were positioned on a map with both left-right and libertarian-authoritarian axis. The Democratic Socialists were surely positioned (economically) to the right of Christian democrats, and perhaps PSI, too. After all, there's no 'once a red, always a red' thing in politics. The Jamaica Labour Party did indeed begin as a centre-left organization, but later developed into a decidedly right-wing organization. --Miacek and his crime-fighting dog (woof!) 11:59, 26 July 2009 (UTC)
I know that and I always urge users not to confuse the party ideology with its name. Anyway the NPSI was definitely a centre-left party, and the PSDI and the PSI were definitely on the left of DC as a whole. It is true anyway that a large group of DC members were left-wingers (DC was a non-ideological catch-all party cobbling togehter Catholics of any sort) and in fact, after the 1990s realignment, most of these people have joined the centre-left along with former Communists. --Checco (talk) 15:01, 3 August 2009 (UTC)

Still extant?[edit]

Is this party still an existing organisation, whether as a political party or PdL faction?--Autospark (talk) 18:02, 10 March 2013 (UTC)

Name of party[edit]

I propose to move this page to New PSI. The statute of party called it “Nuovo PSI” (with the acronym), (Statuto del Partito “Nuovo PSI”) that is the official name of party (also for the UDEUR the official name is an acronym).--Maremmano (talk) 20:14, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

Object - English language translations of political party names are used on for article titles, not acronyms.--Autospark (talk) 23:50, 16 May 2014 (UTC)
Following your reasoning, the name UDEUR Populars has to be changed, or not?--Maremmano (talk) 13:33, 17 May 2014 (UTC)
For the sake of readers, clarity and all the pages linking here I would leave the article at its current place. The legal name of the party is not that relevant here as it is in the case of UDEUR Populars, whose extended name would be too long. --Checco (talk) 11:57, 19 May 2014 (UTC)
I have to make some clarifications:
  1. "Popolari UDEUR" is the official name of the party (see statute [[1]]), such as "Nuovo PSI"
  2. "New Italian Socialist Party" (24 words characters) isn't longer than "Union of Democrats for Europe" (25 words characters)
  3. Autospark says that the acronyms can't be admitted (where is it written?), but UDEUR is an acronym. We can't apply the rules (?) only for some parties and not for the other parties (that have an acronym as official name)
  4. The name "Unione Democratici per l'Europa" is more correct than "Nuovo Partito Socialista Italiano". Indeed, in 1999, the official name of UDEUR was "Unione Democratici per l'Europa" while the "Nuovo PSI" has never been called "Nuovo Partito Socialista Italiano".
Therefore: or we change the name of this party or we have to change the name of UDEUR, for a reason of consistency. I prefer the first hypothesis--Maremmano (talk) 20:30, 19 May 2014 (UTC)
The article's name would be "Unione of Democrats for Europe – Populars" (41 characters), not "Union of Democrats for Europe" (30 characters, not 25 characters—let alone words!). I strongly oppose any move of "New Italian Socialist Party" and I don't support the move of "UDEUR Populars", but, in case, I could live with "Union of Democrats for Europe", not with "New PSI". --Checco (talk) 08:06, 20 May 2014 (UTC)
Ok, we have established that the acronym for the traslations can't be admissible. I'll move the page of UDEUR for WP:consistency. "Populars" is facultative, is one of the prefixes used by this party. The first name of party and the meaning of acronym is "Union of Democrats for Europe" (that perhaps is the english most common name). If this page can't be named with an acronym, the Udeur's page can't even be it.--Maremmano (talk) 21:26, 20 May 2014 (UTC)
I do think there's a difference, but I have no objections about moving "UDEUR Populars" to "Union of Democrats for Europe", provided that all the links to that page (and not just some, as it often happens) are fixed too. --Checco (talk) 08:35, 21 May 2014 (UTC)
Okay--Maremmano (talk) 19:27, 23 May 2014 (UTC)


I re-prpose to move the page to New PSI, this is undoubtedly the correct amd best name. Originally this page was correctly named Socialist Party – New PSI (Partito Socialista Nuovo PSI), after the split the name of party became Nuovo PSI, but the page has been re-named New Italian Socialist Party. It doesn't exist a rule that prohibits the use of acronyms, "Nuovo PSI" is the official and most common name, PSI is a well-known acronym and moreover there are other parties named with acronyms: Fidesz and above all Unified PSI–PSDI. Therefore PSI was already used for another party!!! There are a lot of reasons to move this page. The eventually contrary positions will must be well motivated--Maremmano (talk) 21:49, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

I have waited a week and there have been no replies on my re-proposal. Considering the name New PSI compatible with the existing Unified PSI–PSDI, I move the page using the translation of the official name.--Maremmano (talk) 19:10, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

There is a new element (the page Unified PSI–PSDI), I have opened this discussion, I have waited a week, if no one is able to answer me, now the page remains to the actual name, even the creator of the page said nothing. I'm right and I have followed the procedures!--Maremmano (talk) 20:39, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

There was clearly no consensus on your proposed move and you knew it because other users, including me, told it to you before. You could be right, but you did not follow any procedures. In fact, your move was promptly rollbacked by User:Autospark. That's why I have just rollbacked your second move. Please also understand that Wikipedia is not a job and we are not mandated to be always online. Consensus and... patience are quite useful! --Checco (talk) 10:39, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
"Other users, including me"? Really only you and Autospark, as always. The previous discussion is invalidated because the motivation was wrong. The acronyms can be used for the translated names (Fidesz, ANO 2011, TOP 09 and above all Unified PSI–PSDI), in effect he no longer intervened. Wikipedia isn't a job but it has its times, Deletion process goes on a week and if you don't intervene in that week... I have explained the reasons to move this page, an opposition has to be motivated. Why do you oppose??--Maremmano (talk) 19:53, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
I already explained why I oppose the move (in a nutshell, the current name is a long-standing, clear and evocative one). I also oppose Unified PSI–PSDI, which is not how the party was formally (see Ministery of the Interior) and informally known. --Checco (talk) 06:46, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
Ps: Only Autospark, you and I intervened in this discussion, but the article's name has been upheld by many other users before.
And no one has re-moved the page. This name for me isn't correct and I am against the original researches. Unified PSI-PSDI is the correct official name, used in the statute and for the groups in Parliament. I am tired of these discussions for each my propose. :( However the italian name Nuovo Partito Socialista Italiano doesn't exists and I can delete it--Maremmano (talk) 08:41, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
ps: the reason of Autospark in the previous discussion was not valid, only you and I intervened in this discussion
There are some sources that called it "New italian socialist party", but there is a great inconsistency with the Unified PSI-PSDI--Maremmano (talk) 17:28, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
  • Oppose move. "New Italian Socialist Party" is well established in English-language expert literature:
    • Bull, Martin J.; Newell, James L. (2005). Italian Politics. Polity Press. p. 54. 
    • Di Virgilio, Aldo; Kato, Junko (2011). Party Competition Under New Electoral Rules in Italy and Japan, 1994–2009. A Natural Experiment on Electoral Law Reform. Springer. p. 23. 
    • Padovani, Cinzia (2005). A Fatal Attraction: Public Television and Politics in Italy. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 262. 
    • Utter, Glenn H.; Strickland, Ruth Ann (2008). Campaign and Election Reform (Second ed.). ABC-CLIO. p. 102. 
Wikipedia:Article titles#Use commonly recognizable names asks us to use the name by which the subject is most commonly referred to in reliable sources, even if it is not the official name (see also the essay on Wikipedia:Official names). --RJFF (talk) 09:28, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
Ok, the title of the page will remain "New Italian Socialist Party", but the official italian name can't be invented, it is Nuovo PSI ([2])!--Maremmano (talk) 22:29, 11 August 2014 (UTC)
There are plenty of sources citing Nuovo Partito Socialista Italiano, thus I don't see the problem. --Checco (talk) 09:36, 12 August 2014 (UTC)