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Federation of the Greens, Italy

Federazione dei Verdi

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image by M. Schmöger, 19 July 2002



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Italian Green Party (Verdi) flag according to TV (RAI) article about demonstrations against use of depleted uranium bombs in strike against FRY, in front of NATO air force base in Aviano, Italy. Information about the party is at: www.verdi.it.
Ivan Sarajcic, 30 April 1999

The Verdi (Greens) use a green flag with their logo.
M. Schmöger, 19 July 2002

Verdi ("Federazione dei Verdi" = Federation of the Greens www.verdi.it) - The history of the Italian Green parties is a difficult one, as (similar to other countries) there have been several ecologist parties, that mainly differ in their more left-wing or more centrist political position. The main current, however, is represented by the current "Federazione dei Verdi". Coming together from several left-radical and radical-liberal fractions (for instance from the Partito Radicale), in 1986 the party was founded as "Verdi-Sole che ride" (Greens-Sun that smiles), recurring to the symbol of the party, the smiling sun. First elected to the parliament in 1987, they united with another group, the "Verdi-Arcobaleno" (Greens-Rainbow) in 1990. For the 1994 parliamentary elections they formed part of the left coalition "Progressisti", for the 1996 and 2001 elections part of the Ulivo coalition (center-left); in 2001 they had formed a loose coalition with the SDI under the name "Girasole" (Sunflower). The current leader is Grazia Francescato. Interestingly, the first Green mayor of a major city in the world was elected in Italy: Francesco Rutelli as mayor of Rome. A former member of the Partito Radicale (see 5.2.4) until 1989, he was mayor of Rome from 1993 to 2001; for the 2001 parliamentary elections he even became the leader of the center-left Ulivo coalition, but now as a member of the centrist I Democratici (belonging to the Margherita subcoalition). In the Senato the Verdi are an own parliamentary group with 10 (out of 325) seats; in the Camera dei Deputati the seven (out of 630) deputies belong to the mixed group ("Misto"). The logo shows a yellow smiling sun ("La sole che ride") on a green field, underneath the inscription "Verdi". The flag is green with the logo in the center. Photos of the flag at www.verdi.it/stra12.jpg, stra3.jpg, laico1.jpg, laico5.jpg and bannerav.jpg.
The youth organization of the Greens, the "Giovani Verdi" (Young Greens) have their own slightly different logo, but obviously no own flag. Logo at www.verdi.it/gvsimb.gif.
M. Schmöger, 31 July 2002