Italy in Common (Italian: Italia in Comune, IiC) is a green and progressive political party in Italy.[1][2] It was formed in April 2018 mainly by splinters from the Five Star Movement. Its leader is Federico Pizzarotti, mayor of Parma.

Italy in Common

Italia in Comune
PresidentFederico Pizzarotti
CoordinatorAlessio Pascucci
Founded16 April 2018
Split fromFive Star Movement
HeadquartersPiazzale San Lorenzo 1, Parma
IdeologyGreen politics
Progressivism
Political positionCentre-left
National affiliationCentre-left coalition
Chamber of Deputies
0 / 630
Senate
0 / 315
European Parliament
0 / 73
Regional
Councils
3 / 897
Website
www.italiaincomune.it

HistoryEdit

In October 2016 Federico Pizzarotti, mayor of Parma, left the Five Star Movement (M5S),[3] due to contrasts with movement's founder Beppe Grillo and after having beeng suspended the previous May.[4] In the 2012 local elections Pizzarotti had been the first M5S member to win in a big city, with 60.2% of the vote in the run-off (up from 19.5% in the first round).[5]

In the 2017 local elections Pizzarotti was re-elected mayor without the M5S' support, with 58.9% in the run-off.[6]

In April 2018 Pizzarotti launched Italy in Common (IiC),[7][1][8] which aimed at becoming the collector of local "civic lists", as well as disgruntled former M5S members. The party was co-founded by Alessio Pascucci, a left-wing independent who had been elected mayor of Cerveteri, Lazio in 2012 and 2017, supported by civic lists and the Federation of the Greens (FdV).[9][10]

In October 2018 Serse Soverini, a member of the Chamber of Deputies elected in the 2018 general election as a representative of Civic Area, a minor progressive party close to Romano Prodi, joined IiC[11] and soon became the party's regional coordinator in Emilia-Romagna, the region of Parma and, consequently, IiC's powerbase.[12] Almost a year later, in September 2019, after Matteo Renzi had left to form Italia Viva, Soverini would leave IiC too and join the Democratic Party.[13][14]

The party became involved in the centre-left coalition and, in the early months of 2019, obtained promising results in regional elections in Abruzzo (3.9% of the vote and one regional councillor) and Sardinia (2.5%). In February Free Alternative, another party formed by M5S splinters, announced that it was merging into IiC.[15]

In the run-up to the 2019 European Parliament election IiC formed an alliance with the FdV, Green Italy and minor green groups, which would result in a green joint list.[16][17] However, soon after the party switiched allegiances, deserted the FdV and joined forces with More Europe (+Eu), a liberal party,[18][19][20] which was later enlarged to the Italian Socialist Party (PSI).[21]

Electoral resultsEdit

European ParliamentEdit

European Parliament
Election year Votes % Seats +/− Leader
2019 833,443 (6th)[a] 3.11
0 / 76
Federico Pizzarotti
  1. ^ In a joint list with More Europe and Italian Socialist Party.

Regional CouncilsEdit

Region Election year Votes % Seats +/–
Piedmont 2019 11,183 (14th) 0.58
0 / 51
Abruzzo 2019 23,168 (7th) 3.86
1 / 31
  1
Sardinia 2019 17,480 (15th) 2.47
1 / 60
  1

LeadershipEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Italia in Comune diventa partito: Pizzarotti presidente "Esordio alle Regionali 2019"". Repubblica.it. 15 April 2018.
  2. ^ ""Italia in Comune", Federico Pizzarotti vara il nuovo partito". Today.
  3. ^ "Pizzarotti lascia i 5stelle: "Esco da uomo libero". Grillo: "Ciao, goditi 15' di celebrità"". Repubblica.it. 3 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Federico Pizzarotti sospeso dal M5s: "Trasparenza è dovere". Lui: "Mi aspetto scuse dal direttorio"". Il Fatto Quotidiano. 13 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Parma – Ballottaggio – Elezioni Comunali 6–7 maggio 2012". la Repubblica.it.
  6. ^ "Comune di Parma – Emilia-Romagna – Elezioni Comunali Italia – Risultati – 11–25 giugno 2017 – la Repubblica.it". Repubblica.it.
  7. ^ "Italia in Comune, nasce il partito dei sindaci. Il presidente è Pizzarotti. A maggio il simbolo. Obiettivo: elezioni". Il Fatto Quotidiano. 15 April 2018.
  8. ^ "15 Aprile 2018: Pizzarotti Presidente e Pascucci Coordinatore Nazionale del Partito dei sindaci". 15 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Cerveteri – Ballottaggio – Elezioni Comunali 6–7 maggio 2012". la Repubblica.it.
  10. ^ "Comune di Cerveteri – Lazio – Elezioni Comunali Italia – Risultati – 11–25 giugno 2017 – la Repubblica.it". Repubblica.it.
  11. ^ "Pizzarotti ai grillini imolesi: "Non stampate monetine per il debito in bilancio"". 6 October 2018.
  12. ^ "Italia in Comune a Bologna: Pizzarotti si affida all'ex grillina Salsi". Repubblica.it. 5 December 2018.
  13. ^ https://www.repubblica.it/politica/2019/09/23/news/serse_soverini_direzione_pd_matteo_renzi_romano_prodi-236742755
  14. ^ https://parma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2019/09/23/news/italia_in_comune_soverini_lascia_pizzarotti_ed_entra_nel_pd-236726225
  15. ^ "Alternativa Libera continua il suo percorso in Italia in Comune". Alternativa Libera (in Italian). 15 February 2019. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  16. ^ "Europee, Verdi con 'Italia in Comune': "Di Maio? Impossibile allearsi con chi va a braccetto con la Lega"". Il Fatto Quotidiano. 11 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Europee: i Verdi italiani, con Pizzarotti (aspettando altri) ci saranno: si compone una lista ecologista ed europeista – Eunews". 9 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Pizzarotti «lascia» i Verdi e si schiera con +Europa: in arrivo la lista per Strasburgo". Il Sole 24 ORE.
  19. ^ "Europee. Alleanza elettorale fra Più Europa e il movimento di Pizzarotti". Repubblica.it. 27 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Europee, la delusione dei Verdi dopo l'addio di Pizzarotti: "Ci avevano cercato loro, potevano dircelo prima"". Repubblica.it. 27 March 2019.
  21. ^ http://www.avantionline.it/piu-europa-piu-psi
  22. ^ "15 Aprile 2018: Pizzarotti Presidente e Pascucci Coordinatore Nazionale del Partito dei sindaci". Italia in Comune (in Italian). 15 April 2018. Retrieved 23 February 2019.