A new party in Italian politics is on the verge of being born, creating a powerful new platform for the conservative Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. A congress is underway in Rome to merge Berlusconi’s Forza Italia and the more extreme right wingers of the National Alliance.
The myriad political parties in Italy has made holding fragile coalitions together a nightmare task for countless Italian Prime Ministers. Berlusconi won power again in April last year after the previous government collapsed. He told delegates: “The last elections represented an important step towards political stability, governability and modernity thanks to an electoral law that we introduced.” Forza Italia’s partner, the National Alliance had its roots in neo-fascism, but in recent years moved more towards the Italian mainstream. The formation of the new party – called the People of Freedom – mirrors a consolidation of the Italian centre-left, begun with the formation of the Democratic Party in October 2007.