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image by M. Schmöger, 4 December 2005
I wish to report a new Italian political flag that first came
into use in early October 2005. L'Unione (= The Union) is the
name of the new center-left wing coalition, which includes
Democrats of the Left,
Communist Refoundation Party,
Italian Communist Party,
Union of Democrats for Europe.
On October 9, a national rally took place here in Rome, to
promote the primary elections for choosing the coalition's
leader, held one week later. In my own experience, this was the
first time that flags bearing the logo of the new coalition were
seen. The flag measures 145 x 90 cm. Its colour is deep green,
with the round logo placed in central position; the latter
features the name of the coalition and a rainbow, on a white
background that fades into pale blue in the lower half. The flag
is printed on both sides (the logo and the lettering on the back
Andrea Pollett, 27 October 2005
The logo of the Unione was already shown earlier this year by the leader of
this coalition, see www.corriere.it.
The flags, however, have come into use pretty recently, although somewhat earlier than suggested by Andrea Pollet. The first
documented use of this flag is from the National Festival of
Unity (Festa dell' Unità) at Milan 25 Aug- 19 Sep 2005. Photos
of the use there can be found in the Italian news magazine
L'Espresso (8 Sep 2005, p. 60; 29 Sep 2005, p. 67). There are
also photos from the web that show the flag of L'Unione, see www.festaunita.it.
The flag can be bought in the shop of the Left Democrats (DS), see www.dsonline.it.
M. Schmöger, 4 December 2005