Christian Democracy for the Autonomies
Democrazia Cristiana per le Autonomie
SecretaryGianfranco Rotondi
Deputy SecretaryMauro Cutrufo
Founded25 June 2005
Dissolved27 March 2009
Split fromUnion of Christian and Centre Democrats
Merged intoThe People of Freedom
HeadquartersPiazza del Gesù, 46
00186 Rome
NewspaperLa Discussione
IdeologyChristian democracy[1]
National affiliationCentre-right coalition
House of Freedoms (2005–08)
The People of Freedom (2008–09)

Christian Democracy for the Autonomies (Italian: Democrazia Cristiana per le Autonomie, DCA) was a minor Christian-democratic political party in Italy.[1]


DCA was founded on 25 October 2004 by a split from the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats (UDC) led by Gianfranco Rotondi, who wanted closer ties with Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia and who criticised the political line of the then-leader of UDC Marco Follini. The party became part of the centre-right coalition following its foundation.

The party was part of the House of Freedoms coalition in the 2006 general election, competing the election in an electoral list with the New Italian Socialist Party. The joint list gained 0.7% of the votes and, despite not having passed the 2% threshold, it still elected four deputies since it was the party which received more votes under the 2% in its coalition. Two of these deputies were members of DCA, while two more candidates were elected on the list of Forza Italia. Gianfranco Rotondi was too elected Senator on the list of Forza Italia, along with his colleague and deputy Mario Cutrufo.

DCA was part of The People of Freedom (PdL) list for the 2008 general election. On 3 April 2008, during a meeting in Milan, the party announced an alliance within the new party with the Liberal Populars of Carlo Giovanardi.[2] After the election, in which the party got three deputies and one senator elected, Gianfranco Rotondi joined the Berlusconi IV Cabinet as Minister without portfolio.

In 2009 the DCA was eventually merged into the PdL and its members launched a network of circles named after the party's newspaper, La Discussione, led by Giampiero Catone.[3] In October 2012, the balance of accounts of the People of Freedom showed that DCA had received €96,000 of financial support from PdL.[4]




  1. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2006). "Italy". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 31 October 2007. Retrieved 20 April 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ ALICE Notizie
  3. ^ "Circoli la Discussione". Archived from the original on 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
  4. ^ Cuzzocrea, Annalisa (31 October 2012), "Spuntano i fondi ai transfughi così il partito ha finanziato Scilipoti", La Repubblica