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image by G. Vacca, 22 September 1997
A centrist party
G. Vacca, 22 September 1997
image by M. Schmöger, 19 July 2002
One of the variants of the logo of the PPI (belonging to
"Margherita", sub-coalition of Ulivo). Although the PPI
has flags, I have not enough information of the flag.
M. Schmöger, 19 July 2002
PPI ("Partito Populare Italiano" = Italian People's Party www.popolari.it) - The PPI is the biggest of the parties with roots in the old "Democrazia Cristiana" (DC), taking its name from the pre-WW2 PPI of Don Luigi Sturzo. As the DC, after many scandals, renamed itself into PPI 23 January 1994, the right fraction left the party to found the CDU. After the defeat in the 1994 elections, where the PPI formed a centrist coalition with Segni's "Patto per l'Italia", a discussion commenced if the party should ally itself with the center-right coalition of Berlusconi or the center-left coalition. As the majority voted for the center-left option, on 23 July 1995, another fission occurred the right fraction (including the former PPI leader Rocco Buttiglione) founded the CDU. Now the PPI (under the leadership of Pierluigi Castagnetti) represents mainly the left-catholic wing of the old DC and accordingly allied itself with other center-left parties in the L'Ulivo coalition (for the 1996 and 2001 elections). In the two parliamentary chambers the PPI members are part of the "Margherita" group.
The logo of the PPI shows on a blue field a white gonfalone with
an escutcheon with outline in red and a red cross, across the
escutcheon the inscription "POPOLARI"; around the logo
the inscription "PARTITO POPOLARE ITALIANO". The
escutcheon with the red cross recalls the old symbol of the
"Democrazia Cristiana" (that had the inscription
LIBERTAS on the cross) and can be found in a similar form in
other parties claiming heritage of the DC (CDU, CCD, DE). The
flag is white and shows the logo in the center. However, I
only found one photo (original image no longer available), where the flags were not clearly visible due
to being waved.
M. Schmöger, 1 August 2002