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Italian Democratic Socialists, Italy

Socialisti Democratici Italiani

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  images by Andrea Pollett, 22 April 2009

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image by M. Schmöger, 20 July 2002

SDI ("Socialisti Democratici Italiani" = Italian Democratic Socialists - The SDI is the more left-wing fraction of the former PSI (Partito Socialista Italiano); for the more right-wing part refer to the NPSI. Under the leadership of Enrico Boselli it formed part of the Ulivo coalition in 1996 (in a subcoalition together with "Rinnovamento Italiano") and 2001 (in the "Girasole" subcoalition together with the Verdi). The nine deputies in the Camera dei Deputati and the six senators are part of the respective mixed group ("Misto"). The logo shows the symbol of the SPE (Socialist Party of Europe), the rose with twelve stars in a circle, as the main symbol (see also logo and flag of the "Democratici di Sinistra"). I have not found any evidence for a flag of the SDI, but presumably they have one, as most Italian parties, especially those with socialist roots, have flags.
FGS ("Federazione Giovani Socialisti"= Federation Young Socialists is the youth organization of the SDI, that has its own symbols. The logo can be found at The multi-coloured rose of the logo is also the main feature of the flag of the FGS. However, there are also several inscriptions, not all of which I could figure out on the (not very clear and sharp) photos.
Photos of the flag can be found at Image077.jpg, malmoestand.jpg, genova2000_1.jpg, craxi_1.jpg, craxi_2.jpg and gbrunored_small.jpg.
M. Schmöger, 31 July 2002

Socialisti Democratici Italiani (Italian Democratic Socialists - S.D.I). - In 1998 the S.D.I. sprang from the left factions of the old Partito Socialista Italiano (Italian Socialist Party) and Partito Socialdemocratico Italiano (Italian Social Democratic Party).
Two versions of the logo are known. In both cases the flag is red, with the logo in central position.
The upper section features a red rose on white background, with twelve small blue stars below, forming a ring slanted to the right (both of them are symbols of the Party of European Socialists - P.E.S., i.e. the Socialist group in the European Parliament); the words SOCIALISTI DEMOCRATICI ITALIANI runs in white capital letters on red background around the rose. The lower section of the logo, in green, features a red rising sun (the old Socialist Party symbol) in the earlier version of the logo, whereas the second version had the three capital letters SDI in white.
The S.D.I. no longer exists: in 2007 it merged with the Socialisti Italiani (Italian Socialists), the Nuovo Partito Socialista and Democrazia e Socialismo (Democracy and Socialism), forming the Partito Socialista (Socialist Party).
Andrea Pollett, 22 April 2009

Here are photos of the flags (here and here).
M. Schmöger, 1 June 2009