Coraggio Italia
PresidentLuigi Brugnaro
Vice President
Founded27 May 2021 (2021-05-27)
Split fromForza Italia
Ideology
Political positionCentre to centre-right
National affiliationCentre-right coalition
Colours  Magenta (official)
  Indigo (customary)
Chamber of Deputies
19 / 630
Senate
11 / 315
European Parliament
0 / 73
Conference of Regions
1 / 21
Regional Councils
14 / 897
Website
coraggioitalia.it

Coraggio Italia (lit.'Courage Italy',[1] also translatable as 'Cheer up Italy', CI) is a liberal-conservative political party in Italy, launched in May 2021.[2] Its president is Luigi Brugnaro, mayor of Venice, while its vice presidents are deputy Marco Marin, senator Gaetano Quagliariello and Giovanni Toti, president of Liguria.[3][4] Tosi is also leader of Cambiamo! (C!) and Italy to the Centre (IaC).

History

In February 2021, amid the formation of Mario Draghi's national unity government, Cambiamo! (C!), a liberal-conservative party led by Giovanni Toti, started to attract new members from the more centrist wing of Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia (FI).[5]

In May 2021, Toti and Luigi Brugnaro, mayor of Venice, announced the formation of a new political party mainly composed by dissidents of FI,[6] as well as Gaetano Quagliariello's Identity and Action (an associate party of C!), splinters from other parties,[7] notably including three deputies previously affiliated with the centre-left Democratic Centre (CD).[8] During the press conference in which he and Toti launched the new party, Brugnaro thanked Berlusconi, describing him as a "brave leader", but also added that the centre-right "has to move on, it is another era".[9]

In less than a year, CI, which had failed to attract substantial support among voters, according to opinion polls, experienced an internal crisis. On one side Toti launched the project of a new political party named "Italy to the Centre",[10][11] on the other side Brugnaro rejected establishment politics[12] and wanted to continue to be part of the centre-right coalition.[13] In February 2022 CI's sub-group within the Mixed Group, previously named "IDeA–Cambiamo!–Europeanists", was re-named "Italy to the Centre".[14] In March, a federation between Coraggio Italia and Italy of the Centre was announced, stating that they would have different organisations and parliamentary groupings.[15] However, no formal split has occurred yet[12] and, as of June 2022, Toti's and Brugnaro's affiliates are still together in the Chamber of Deputies.

Composition

Member parties

Party Main ideology Leader
Cambiamo! (C!) Liberal conservatism Giovanni Toti
Identity and Action (IDeA) Christian democracy Gaetano Quagliariello

Parliamentary groups

Party Main ideology Deputies Senators Total MPs
Cambiamo! (C!) [a] Liberal conservatism 3 7 10
Identity and Action (IDeA)[b] Christian democracy 0 1 1
Europeanists[c] Liberalism 0 1 1
Us of the Centre[d] Christian democracy 0 1 1
Others[e] 16 1 17
Total 19 11 30
  1. ^ Affiliated to Italy to the Centre (IaC). Deputies Guido Della Frera, Manuela Gagliardi and Giorgio Silli; Senators Massimo Vittorio Berutti, Sandro Biasotti, Ugo Grassi, Francesco Mollame, Marinella Pacifico, Paolo Romani and Mariarosaria Rossi.
  2. ^ Affiliated to Italy to the Centre (IaC). Senator Gaetano Quagliariello, who is also a founding member of Cambiamo! (see official website).
  3. ^ Affiliated to Italy to the Centre (IaC). Senator Raffaele Fantetti.
  4. ^ Affiliated to Italy to the Centre (IaC). Senator Alessandrina Lonardo.
  5. ^ Deputies Maria Teresa Baldini, Raffale Baratto, Fabio Berardini, Michaela Biancofiore, Fabiola Bologna, Felice Maurizio D'Ettore, Carlo Ugo De Girolamo, Matteo Dall'Osso, Marco Marin, Stefano Mugnai, Martina Parisse, Guido Germano Pettarin, Elisabetta Ripani, Marco Rizzone, Gianluca Rospi, Cosimo Sibilia; Senator Andrea Causin.

Leadership

References

  1. ^ "Our Campaigns - Political Party - Courage Italy (CI)".
  2. ^ Coraggio Italia:Brugnaro,grazie al Cav, ma è altro tempo, ANSA
  3. ^ Nasce Coraggio Italia, con Brugnaro e Toti subito 24 deputati. Forza Italia ne perde 12, la Repubblica
  4. ^ "Nasce 'Coraggio Italia', nuovo progetto politico di Brugnaro e Toti". Adnkronos (in Italian). 26 May 2021. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  5. ^ Forza Italia: tre deputati lasciano e vanno con Toti, Adnkronos
  6. ^ Giovanni Toti e Luigi Brugnaro presenteranno alla Camera il nuovo gruppo parlamentare “Coraggio Italia”, Il Post
  7. ^ "XVIII Legislatura - Deputati e Organi Parlamentari - Composizione Gruppi parlamentari". www.camera.it (in Italian). Retrieved 28 May 2021.
  8. ^ Nasce 'Coraggio Italia', nuovo progetto politico di Brugnaro e Toti, Adnkronos
  9. ^ Coraggio Italia:Brugnaro,grazie al Cav, ma è altro tempo, Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno
  10. ^ "Toti presenta "Italia al centro", modello Csu: «Questo sistema bipolare è ormai superato»". 25 March 2022.
  11. ^ "Toti e il grande centro: Nasce la Federazione fra Coraggio Italia e Italia al centro". 24 March 2022.
  12. ^ a b "Brugnaro: «Il cuore si è fermato, stavo morendo. Mi sono svegliato il giorno dopo»". 14 May 2022.
  13. ^ "Renzi e Toti, al centro sono rimasti in pochi (Di F. Fantozzi)". 7 February 2022.
  14. ^ "Senato.it - Senato della Repubblica senato.it - Variazioni dei Gruppi parlamentari".
  15. ^ "Toti e il grande centro: nasce la Federazione fra Coraggio Italia e Italia al centro". la Repubblica (in Italian). 24 March 2022. Retrieved 28 May 2022.