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Union Democrats for Europe, Italy

Unione Democratici per l'Europa

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  images by M. Schmöger, 15 July 2002

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Two logos of UDEUR (Unione Democratici per l'Europa) . It belongs to the left-center The Olive Tree (L'Ulivo) coalition (currently in opposition). All these parties belong to the sub-coalition "Margherita".
M. Schmöger, 15 July 2002

UDEUR ("Unione Democratici per l'Europa" = Union Democrats for Europe - The UDEUR is another small centrist, basically Christian-democratic party. Founded in 1998 by several deputies formerly belonging to the center-right coalition, it supported the L'Ulivo government, and became part of the L'Ulivo coalition (Margherita sub-coalition) for the 2001 elections. The leader is Clemente Mastella. The seven deputies in the Camera dei Deputati were part of the Margherita group, but formed an own group in the mixed parliamentary group in July 2002; basically the same happened in the Senato, where five senators now form an UDEUR group in the mixed group.

The logo of the UDEUR comes in (at least) two variants: they show on a blue field a brown steeple, behind the steeple a wave in the national colors; at the top the inscriptions "UDEUR" and either "Popolari per l'Europa" or "Unione Democratici per l'Europa"; as a symbol of its affiliation to Europe either a circle of stars or the symbol of the European People's Party (a letter "E" in a circle of stars). Logos at: and I don't know if the UDEUR has a flag.
M. Schmöger, 1 August 2002

images by M. Schmöger, 28 April 2013

UDEUR (UDEUR Popolari per il Sud = UDEUR Populars for the South)

The UDEUR is a small christian-democratic party founded in 1999, and probably holds the Italian record in changing party name and abbreviation as well as modifying its logo. For some time, the UDEUR was part of the  very broad center-left alliance (first the Ulivo, then the Unione). However, being the most conservative part of it, it was always a difficult partner. Since the 2008 elections it has no seats in the Camera dei Deputati or the Senato. It is now basically one of several regional Christian-democratic parties, with a stronghold in Campania.
The logo has always contained a steeple ("campanile"); in addition usually the respective party name and sometimes also the leader's name (Mastella). As far as I can see, some, but not all the logo versions have been used on flags. In recent times, the flags were frequently orange with the logo [1,2,3].

[1] flag no. 49 in Italian political flags collection Schmöger, bought on

M. Schmöger, 28 April 2013