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Populars for Italy

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).[1][2]


The party was launched in November 2013 by splinters from Civic Choice led by Mario Mauro and Lorenzo Dellai.[3] 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.[4][5][6] According to party leaders, the PpI would have soon merged with the UdC to form a new "centrist" party.[7]

The party was officially founded on 28 January 2014. In the meantime, Mauro was appointed president.[8][9]

In February 2014 Mauro was not confirmed as minister of Defence in Renzi Cabinet, but the PpI joined the government with one deputy minister (Andrea Olivero at Agriculture) and three under-secretaries.[10]

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 Democrazia Solidale. The new party re-affirmed the strategic alliance with Matteo Renzi's Democratic Party, while the PpI considered it temporary and wanted to restructure the centre-right camp instead.[11][12][13][14]

In October two deputies, Gregorio Gitti and Gea Schirò, who were once members of the party, joined the Democratic Party.[15]

In November it was hinted that Mauro, who wrote a letter to Il Giornale,[16] and his strict followers were going to leave For Italy in the Senate in order to join to a centre-right miscellaneous group, formed mainly by current or former affiliates of Forza Italia, the party to which Mauro once belonged, and to end supporting Renzi Cabinet.[17][18] According to Mauro, the party's goal is that of dissolving Italy's EPP-member parties (Forza Italia, New Centre-Right, UdC and PpI) and forming a joint centre-right party.[19]


External links

  • Official website


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  2. ^ Ncd: Quagliariello, accolti con voto unanime in famiglia Ppe
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  4. ^ Nasce “Per l’Italia” gruppo di popolari fuoriusciti da scelta civica
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  7. ^ Così i popolari per l’Italia si preparano alle Europee. Parola di Lucio Romano - Formiche
  8. ^ Centro: nasce movimento 'Popolari per l'Italia', presidente Mauro -
  9. ^ Lo schema delle alleanze dei Popolari di Mauro - Formiche
  10. ^ Internazionale » I sottosegretari del governo Renzi
  11. ^ L'ultima bufera tra i Popolari di Mauro: Dellai, Olivero e Giro fondano Democrazia Solidale - Formiche
  12. ^ Centro: nasce 'Demo.S-Democrazia Solidale', Dellai-Olivero tra promotori -
  13. ^ Così ripartono i Popolari senza Dellai e Olivero. Parla Mauro - Formiche
  14. ^ Perché puntiamo a un'alleanza con il Pd. Parla Dellai - Formiche
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