Democratic Union (Italy)

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Democratic Union
Unione Democratica
President Antonio Maccanico
Founded 26 February 1996 [1]
Dissolved 27 February 1999
Preceded by Democratic Alliance
Merged into The Democrats
Ideology Social liberalism
Political position Centre-left
National affiliation The Olive Tree (1996–99)
Populars for Prodi (1996)

The Democratic Union (Italian : Unione Democratica, UD) was a small social-liberal political party in Italy.

Italian language Romance language

Italian is a Romance language of the Indo-European language family. Italian, together with Sardinian, is by most measures the closest language to Vulgar Latin of the Romance languages. Italian is an official language in Italy, Switzerland, San Marino and Vatican City. It has an official minority status in western Istria. It formerly had official status in Albania, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro (Kotor) and Greece, and is generally understood in Corsica and Savoie. It also used to be an official language in the former Italian East Africa and Italian North Africa, where it plays a significant role in various sectors. Italian is also spoken by large expatriate communities in the Americas and Australia. In spite of not existing any Italian community in their respective national territories and of not being spoken at any level, Italian is included de jure, but not de facto, between the recognized minority languages of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Romania. Many speakers of Italian are native bilinguals of both standardized Italian and other regional languages.

Social liberalism is a political ideology and a variety of liberalism that endorses a regulated free market economy and the expansion of civil and political rights. A social liberal government is expected to address economic and social issues such as poverty, health care and education in a liberal state. It does so in allowing autonomy of the individual and products of the market economy unrestricted access with the goal to increase wellbeing for all.

It was founded in February 1996 [2] by Antonio Maccanico, along with Willer Bordon and Giorgio Benvenuto (both members of Democratic Alliance), Valerio Zanone (a former leader of the Italian Liberal Party) and Giorgio La Malfa (leader of the Italian Republican Party). [3] The party was a minor member of The Olive Tree, [4] and formed the Populars for Prodi list with the Italian People's Party for the 1996 general election, electing five deputies and one senator.

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The party was part of the Prodi I Cabinet, [5] [6] with Maccanico becoming minister for Communications, and later the D'Alema I Cabinet, D'Alema II Cabinet and Amato II Cabinet with Maccanico minister of Institutional Reforms.

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In 1999 the party joined Romano Prodi's new party, The Democrats.

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