Democratic Party 

The selection of the candidates for the European Elections is the first political act of the Zingaretti secretariat. The search for a balance with the old Renzi administration seems to have been reached, thanks also to the massive scouting from outside the party nomenclature. The five leaders are: Giuliano Pisapia for the north-west,, the outgoing MEP Simona Bonafè for the center, the former national anti-mafia prosecutor Franco Roberti for the south and the outgoing MEP Caterina Chinnici for the islands. The lead for NW Italy is Carlo Calenda, who set up the Siamo Europei platform to bring together the PD with other leftist forces. He had hoped to include the liberal +Europa party in a joint list but this has not proved forthcoming yet. Those signing the platform’s principles rule out any alliance with the tow ruling parties, Lega and 5 Star.

The list includes two members of Article 1 – Mdp: Massimo Paolucci (outgoing MEP) and Cecilia Guerra (former group leader at the Senate in the last legislature); while in the Demos faction, the movement linked to Catholic voluntary service, are: Pietro Bartolo (doctor of migrants in Lampedusa) and Beatrice Covassi (head of the European Commission in Rome).

Running for a new term in the European Parliament: Patrizia Toia, David Sassoli, Roberto Gualtieri, Brando Benifei, Mercedes Bresso, Nicola Caputo, Andrea Cozzolino, Nicola Danti, Paolo De Castro, Isabella De Monte, Elena Gentile, Michela Giuffrida, Cécile Kyenge, Pina Picierno and Daniele Viotti.

One surprise on the list is Paolo de Castro who had announced that he would not be running again and would return to university life. He was persuaded by new party leader Nicola Zingaretti to stand again. Patrizia Toia is also on the list after fears that she would be ineligible after already serving 2 terms.

11 current MEPs are not on the list, including Sergio Cofferati, Silvia Costa, Elly Schlein, Flavio Zanonato and Damiano Zoffoli.

Nicola ZINGARETTI, President of the Lazio region, was elected leader of the Democratic Party after winning almost two-thirds of the vote in an open primary.

His election ends a long  internal discussions on the future direction and leadership of the party and the future relationship with the S&D group.  Zingaretti had  argued that the electoral lists should be open to everyone but with “the commitment, however, to still sit with the S&D group“.

Standing against him was the former Under-secretary for European Affairs Gozi, who has been working towards an alliance with the Greens, the Liberals, En Marche and Ciudadanos, to compete against the Socialists. Gozi is now a candidate in France on the Macron list. Another candidate, the former Minister of Economic Development, Calenda, argued that the best solution was a Pro-European list that would include above all the +Europa party of Emma Bonino and the Democratic Party.