Us with Italy
Noi con l'Italia
PresidentMaurizio Lupi
Founded19 December 2017 (2017-12-19)
HeadquartersCorso Vittorio Emanuele II, 18
00186 Rome[1]
IdeologyChristian democracy[2][3]
Liberal conservatism[3][4]
Social conservatism[5]
Liberalism[6][7]
Political positionCentre to centre-right[8][9][10]
National affiliationCentre-right coalition
Colours  Blue
Chamber of Deputies
3 / 630
Senate
0 / 315
European Parliament
0 / 73
Regional
Councils
3 / 897
Website
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Us with Italy (Italian: Noi con l'Italia, NcI) is a centre-right, Christian-democratic and liberal-conservative political party in Italy.[11] NcI started as a federation of minor centre-right parties and, as such, was part of the centre-right coalition in the 2018 general election. Along with Forza Italia, NcI represented the coalition's "centrist" wing and supported Silvio Berlusconi or another "centrist" candidate as Prime Minister.[8] Originally, the federation's full name was Us with Italy – UDC[12][13] for its alliance with the Union of the Centre (UdC).

NcI's early leaders were Raffaele Fitto (president, leader of Direction Italy), Francesco Saverio Romano (vice president, leader of Cantiere Popolare), Maurizio Lupi (coordinator, former leading member of Popular Alternative) and Enrico Costa (the main proponent). Both Fitto, who led his party into Brothers of Italy, and Costa have since left. It has become a full-fledged political party under the leadership of Lupi.

History

In the run-up of the 2018 general election there was a debate on the creation of a "fourth leg" of the centre-right coalition, whose three members were Forza Italia (FI), Lega Nord (LN) and the Brothers of Italy (FdI). The process started when Enrico Costa, a FI dissident who had been a minister in Paolo Gentiloni's centre-left government, resigned from his post and left his party, Popular Alternative (AP),[14][15][16] in order to form a "liberal centre" in alliance with FI.[17] Originally, the Federation of Freedom (FdL), a parliamentary group in the Senate launched by Identity and Action (IdeA), was seen as the embryo of the "fourth leg",[18][19][20][21] but IdeA was not involved in the first steps, which involved other political actors.

On 19 December 2017 "Us with Italy" (NcI) was formed by seven groups: the faction of AP led by Maurizio Lupi, other former AP members close to Enrico Costa, Direction Italy (DI), Civic Choice (SC), Act! (Fare), Cantiere Popolare (CP) and the Movement for the Autonomies (MpA).[22][23] On 29 December 2017 NcI signed a pact with the Union of the Centre (UdC),[24][10][25] which led to the "Us with Italy – UDC" name. On 5 January 2018 it was the turn of IdeA, which was persuaded by the federative character of the list and the more distinctive Christian-democratic identity, both thanks to UdC's presence.[26][7] On 11 January a new symbol of NcI, containing also UdC's crossed shield, was unveiled.[27][28]

In the election NcI obtained a mere 1.3% of the vote for the Chamber of Deputies and four deputies from single-seat constituencies: Costa, Lupi, Alessandro Colucci and Renzo Tondo. The first three were former members of AP, while the fourth was a member both of Responsible Autonomy (a regional liberal party active in Friuli-Venezia Giulia) and DI. The list was able to elect also four senators, three of the UdC and one of IdeA. Soon after the election, both the UdC and IdeA left the alliance to form a pact with FI.[29][30][31][32]

In April 2018 Costa also left the NcI and re-joined FI.[33][34] More importantly, in December 2018 Fitto led DI out of NcI, announcing its end[35] (DI would join the right-wing FdI in 2019). However, NcI continued to exist as a sub-group within the Mixed Group of Chamber of Deputies. Moreover, in the 2019 European Parliament election it was part of FI's electoral slates.[36][37]

In 2019 Lupi became NcI's new president and the outfit was structured as a full-fledged party,[38] composed of three associate parties: Popular Liguria (LP), AR and CP. Progressively, other minor groups, notably including the South American Union of Italian Emigrants (USEI), the Alliance of the Centre (AdC), the Moderates in Revolution (MiR), the Schittulli Political Movement (MPS) and Renaissance were merged into NcI or became associate parties. After a brief alliance with Cambiamo!, since February 2021 the party's sub-group within the Mixed Group of the Chamber has been named "Us with Italy–USEI–Renaissance–AdC" and has featured five members: Lupi (a Christian democrat), Colucci (a social democrat) and Tondo (a liberal) of NcI, Eugenio Sangregorio of the USEI and Vittorio Sgarbi of Renaissance.[39] NCI's Andrea Costa was appointed undersecretary of Health in Mario Draghi's government in 2021.[40]

Composition

Founding members

Party Main ideology Leader/s
Direction Italy Liberal conservatism Raffaele Fitto
Civic Choice Liberalism Enrico Zanetti
Act! Liberalism Flavio Tosi
Cantiere Popolare Christian democracy Francesco Saverio Romano
Movement for the Autonomies Regionalism Giuseppe Maria Reina
Independents (former AP members) Christian democracy Maurizio Lupi
Independents (former AP members) Liberalism Enrico Costa

2018 associate members

Party Main ideology Leader/s
Union of the Centre Christian democracy Lorenzo Cesa
Identity and Action Christian democracy Gaetano Quagliariello
New CDU – United Christian Democrats Christian democracy Mario Tassone
Union of Democrats for Europe Christian democracy Clemente Mastella

Election results

Italian Parliament

Chamber of Deputies
Election year Votes % Seats +/– Leader
2018 427,152 (8th) 1.30
4 / 630
Raffaele Fitto
Senate of the Republic
Election year Votes % Seats +/– Leader
2018 361,402 (8th) 1.20
4 / 315
Raffaele Fitto

European Parliament

European Parliament
Election year Votes % Seats +/– Leader
2019 into Forza Italia
0 / 76
Maurizio Lupi

Regional Councils

Region Election year Votes % Seats +/–
Lombardia 2018 66,355 (10th) 1.3
1 / 80
Increase 1
Lazio 2018 41.234 (9th) 1.6
1 / 51
Increase 1
Abruzzo 2019 17,308 (9th)[a] 2.9
0 / 29
Molise 2018 5,204 (9th) 3.6
1 / 21
Increase 1
  1. ^ In a joint list with UDC, DC and IdeA.

Symbols

Leadership

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