Italian People's Party (1994)

The Italian People's Party (Italian: Partito Popolare Italiano, PPI) was a Christian-democratic,[4][5] centrist,[6] Christian-leftist[7] political party in Italy. The party was a member of the European People's Party (EPP).[8]

Italian People's Party

Partito Popolare Italiano
LeadersMino Martinazzoli
Rocco Buttiglione
Gerardo Bianco
Franco Marini
Pierluigi Castagnetti
Founded18 January 1994
Dissolved6 December 2002
Preceded byChristian Democracy
Merged intoThe Daisy
NewspaperIl Popolo
IdeologyChristian democracy
Christian left
Political positionCentre to centre-left[1][2][3]
National affiliationPact for Italy (1994)
The Olive Tree (1995–2002)
European affiliationEuropean People's Party
International affiliationChristian Democrat International
European Parliament groupEuropean People's Party
Colors     White

The PPI was the formal successor of the Christian Democracy (DC),[9] but was soon deprived of its conservative elements, which successively formed the Christian Democratic Centre (CCD) in 1994 and the United Christian Democrats (CDU) in 1995. The PPI was finally merged into Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy (DL) in 2002, and DL was later merged with the Democrats of the Left (DS) and minor centre-left parties into Democratic Party (PD) in 2007.


The party emerged in January 1994 as the successor to the Christian Democracy (DC), Italy's dominant party since World War II, following the final national council of the DC and the split of a right-wing faction led by Pier Ferdinando Casini, which had formed the Christian Democratic Centre (CCD).[10][11] The first secretary of the PPI was Mino Martinazzoli, which led the party to a big defeat (11.1% of the vote) in the 1994 general election, fought in coalition with the Segni Pact, under the Pact for Italy banner. After the election, Martinazzoli was replaced as secretary by conservative philosopher Rocco Buttiglione.

In 1995, when his proposal to join the centre-right Pole of Freedoms coalition (composed of Forza Italia, National Alliance and the CCD) was rejected by the party's national council, Buttiglione, along with Roberto Formigoni, Gianfranco Rotondi and other bigwigs, formed the United Christian Democrats (CDU), leaving the PPI in the hands of the late DC's leftist factions.[7][12]

For the 1996 general election the PPI formed the Populars for Prodi list with the Democratic Union (UD), the Italian Republican Party (PRI) and the South Tyrolean People's Party (SVP). The list was part of The Olive Tree, a broad centre-left coalition, and won 6.8% of the vote. The PPI was represented in Romano Prodi's first government by three ministers: Beniamino Andreatta at Defence, Rosy Bindi at Health and Michele Pinto at Agriculture. Additionally, Nicola Mancino was President of the Senate.

In the 1999 European Parliament election the PPI was damaged by the competition from The Democrats (Dem), a centrist and social-liberal party launched by Prodi: the PPI won only 4.3% of the vote, while The Democrats took 7.7%.

For the 2001 general election the PPI formed a joint list with Dem, the Union of Democrats for Europe (UDEUR) and Italian Renewal (RI). The list, named Democracy is Freedom – The Daisy (DL), won 14.5% of vote. In 2002 DL was transformed into a full-fledged party, the PPI was merged into it and a cultural association named The Populars was formed. DL would later be merged, along with the Democrats of the Left (DS) and minor centre-left parties, into the Democratic Party (PD), of which The Populars became a faction. Two members of the PPI and DL, Enrico Letta and Matteo Renzi, would successively serve as Prime Ministers in 2013–2016.

Electoral results

Italian Parliament

Chamber of Deputies
Election year Votes % Seats +/− Leader
1994 4,287,172 (4th) 11.1
33 / 630
Mino Martinazzoli
1996 2,554,072 (6th) 6.8
67 / 630
Franco Marini
Senate of the Republic
Election year Votes % Seats +/− Leader
1994 5,526,090 (4th) 16.7
27 / 315
Mino Martinazzoli
1996 into Ulivo
31 / 315
Franco Marini

European Parliament

European Parliament
Election year Votes % Seats +/− Leader
1994 3,295,337 (4th) 10.0
8 / 87
Mino Martinazzoli
1999 1,316,830 (8th) 4.2
4 / 87
Ciriaco De Mita



Before the secession of the CDU, the PPI’s logo was adaptation of the old DC’s logo.


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