Forza Italia (2013)

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Forza Italia
AbbreviationFI
PresidentSilvio Berlusconi
Vice PresidentAntonio Tajani
CoordinatorAntonio Tajani
Founded16 November 2013; 8 years ago (2013-11-16)
Preceded byThe People of Freedom
HeadquartersPiazza San Lorenzo in Lucina 4, Rome
NewspaperIl Mattinale
Youth wingForza Italia Giovani
Membership (2015)106,000[1]
IdeologyLiberal conservatism[2]
Christian democracy[2]
Liberalism[3]
Populism[4][5]
Political positionCentre-right[6]
National affiliationCentre-right coalition
European affiliationEuropean People's Party
European Parliament groupEuropean People's Party
Colours  Azure
Chamber of Deputies[7]
74 / 630
Senate[8]
49 / 320
European Parliament
10 / 76
Regional Councils
73 / 897
Conference of Regions
4 / 21
Website
www.forzaitalia.it

Forza Italia[nb 1] (transl. "Forward Italy",[9][10] "Come on Italy" or "Let's go Italy";[11][12] FI) is a centre-right political party in Italy.

Their ideas include elements of liberal conservatism, Christian democracy and liberalism. FI is a member of the European People's Party.

Leadership[change | change source]

Silvio Berlusconi (former Prime Minister of Italy, 1994–1995, 2001–2006, and 2008–2011) is the party's leader and president. Antonio Tajani (former President of the European Parliament, 2017–2019) works as vice president and national coordinator. Other leading members include Elisabetta Casellati (President of the Senate since 2018), as well as ministers Renato Brunetta, Mara Carfagna and Mariastella Gelmini (representing FI in Mario Draghi's government since 2021).

References[change | change source]

  1. The name is not usually translated into English: forza is the second-person singular imperative of forzare, in this case translating to "to compel" or "to press", and so means something like "Forward, Italy", "Come on, Italy" or "Go, Italy!". Forza Italia! was used as a sport slogan, and was also the slogan of Christian Democracy in the 1987 general election (see Giovanni Baccarin, Che fine ha fatto la DC?, Gregoriana, Padova 2000). See Forza Italia for details.
  1. Paola Di Caro (17 May 2015). "Forza Italia, i tormenti di un partito". il Corriere della Sera.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nordsieck, Wolfram (2018). "Italy". Parties and Elections in Europe. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  3. Carlo Taormina (28 November 2013). Il Tempo (ed.). "Silvio rialza la bandiera liberale e liberista".
  4. Woods, Dwayne (2014). The Many Faces of Populism in Italy: The Northern League and Berlusconism. The Many Faces of Populism: Current Perspectives. Emerald Group. pp. 28, 41–44.
  5. Pietro Ignazi (30 August 2015). "Chi sono i populisti? Lega e Forza Italia. M5s difende le regole". il Fatto Quotidiano.
  6. Nicolò Conti (2015). "No Longer Pro-European? Politicisation and contestation of Europe and Italy". In Andrea Mammone; Ercole Giap Parini; Giuseppe Veltri (eds.). The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Italy: History, Politics, Society. Routledge. p. 139. ISBN 978-1-317-48755-5.
  7. Including the single deputies of Christian Revolution, the New Italian Socialist Party, Animalist Movement and the Pensioners' Party.
  8. In a joint group with the Union of the Centre.
  9. Thomas Jansen; Steven Van Hecke (2011). At Europe's Service: The Origins and Evolution of the European People's Party. Springer. pp. 63–65. ISBN 978-3-642-19414-6.
  10. Donatella M. Viola (2015). Italy. Routledge Handbook of European Elections. Routledge. p. 115. ISBN 978-1-317-50363-7.
  11. Patrick McCarthy (2002). Stephen Gundle; Simon Parker (eds.). Forza Italia: the new politics and old values of a changing Italy. The New Italian Republic: From the Fall of the Berlin Wall to Berlusconi. Routledge. p. 135. ISBN 978-1-134-80791-8.
  12. Diego Gambetta; Steven Warner (2016). Josep M. Colomer (ed.). Italy: Lofty Ambitions and Unintended Consequences. The Handbook of Electoral System Choice. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 244. ISBN 978-0-230-52274-9.