Democratic Union (Italy)

The Democratic Union (Italian: Unione Democratica, UD) was a small social-liberal political party in Italy.

Democratic Union
Unione Democratica
PresidentAntonio Maccanico
Founded26 February 1996[1]
Dissolved27 February 1999
Preceded byDemocratic Alliance
Merged intoThe Democrats
IdeologySocial liberalism
Political positionCentre-left
National affiliationThe Olive Tree (1996–99)
Populars for Prodi (1996)

It was founded in February 1996[2] by Antonio Maccanico, along with Willer Bordon and Giorgio Benvenuto (both members of Democratic Alliance), Valerio Zanone (a former leader of the Italian Liberal Party) and Giorgio La Malfa (leader of the Italian Republican Party).[3] The party was a minor member of The Olive Tree,[4] and formed the Populars for Prodi list with the Italian People's Party for the 1996 general election, electing five deputies and one senator.

The party was part of the Prodi I Cabinet,[5][6] with Maccanico becoming minister for Communications, and later the D'Alema I Cabinet, D'Alema II Cabinet and Amato II Cabinet with Maccanico minister of Institutional Reforms.

In 1999 the party joined Romano Prodi's new party, The Democrats.


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  5. ^ Catherine Moury (2010). "Common manifestoes and coalition governance: How political leaders lost the window of opportunity". In Andrea Mammone; Giuseppe A. Veltri (eds.). Italy Today: The Sick Man of Europe. Routledge. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-135-16494-2.
  6. ^ Catherine Moury (2013). Coalition Government and Party Mandate: How Coalition Agreements Constrain Ministerial Action. Routledge. p. 101. ISBN 978-1-136-18910-4.