The Social Christians (Italian: Cristiano Sociali) are a Christian social-democratic faction within the Democratic Party, a political party in Italy. Before that, they were a party (1993–1998) and a faction of the Democrats of the Left (1998–2007).
|Split from||Christian Democracy|
Italian Socialist Party
|Merged into||Democrats of the Left|
|International affiliation||International League of Religious Socialists|
The CS are a member of the International League of Religious Socialists (ILRS).
The group was founded as a party by trade-union leader Pierre Carniti and economist Ermanno Gorrieri in 1993, in order to represent Christian leftists and socialists within the nascent Alliance of Progressives.
In the 1994 general election the party was included in the Democratic Party of the Left and obtained eight deputies and six senators, while in the 1996 general election five deputies (including Mimmo Lucà and Methodist pastor Domenico Maselli) and four senators.
In 2007 the CS were keen supporters of the merger of the DS into the Democratic Party and in first leadership election most of them supported Walter Veltroni. In the 2009 leadership election the faction chose to support Pier Luigi Bersani, while two former leading members, Giorgio Tonini and Stefano Ceccanti, who had been Veltroni's close allies, supported Dario Franceschini.
- Luciano Bardi; Piero Ignazi (1 January 1998). Piero Ignazi; Colette Ysmal (eds.). The Organization of Political Parties in Southern Europe. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 102. ISBN 978-0-275-95612-7.
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