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image by Marcus Schmöger, 19 July 2002
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
Ivan Sarajcic, 30 April 1999
The Verdi (Greens) use a green flag with their logo.
Marcus 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
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
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.
Marcus Schmöger, 31 July 2002