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People of Freedom, Italy

Il Popolo della Libertà

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image by M. Schmöger, 18 April 2013



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Overview

People of Freedom (PdL), a rightist political party coalition founded in December 2007 to function as the electoral vehicle for Silvio Berlusconi in the April 2008 elections. The flag is the logo on a white field, reminiscent of Berlusconi's Forza Italia flag.
Eugene Ipavec, 16 April 2008

PdL (Il Popolo della Libertà = The People of Freedom)

The PdL was founded in 2008 as a merger of Berlusconi's FI and Fini's AN and a couple of smaller parties (Riformatori Liberali, Azione Sociale, Democrazia Cristiana per le Autonomie, Popolari Liberali, Italiani nel Mondo); a few other parties were loosely attached, but remained autonomous. The PdL is the largest party of the center-right, being described as liberal-conservative. Founding father Berlusconi is still very strong, which led to several splits, particularly Fini's FLI. The party with its partners won the 2008 elections, but narrowly lost in the February 2013 elections. It holds 97 seats in the Camera dei Deputati and 93 seats in the Senato.

The first flag came in two versions: one showing only the logo on a white field (top of this page) [1,2,3], the other adding the URL www.votaberlusconi.it beneath (below) [3,4,5]. The logo is divided by a tricolour band into a light blue top (with the party name in white) and a white bottom (with the blue inscription "BERLUSCONI PRESIDENTE"). Although it was not clear, if Berlusconi would run as prime ministerial candidate in the 2013 elections, these flags were still used.

The other symbol only shows the party name on a light blue field with the tricolour band. The respective flag is rarely used (below) [6,7].

Sources:
[1] flag no. 172 in Italian political flags collection Schmöger, from ebay.it
[2] L'Espresso 17 September 2009, p. 32; 22 December 2009, p. 36; 10 June 2010, p. 15; 12 August 2010, p. 33; 6 January 2011, p.39
[3] many images from the WWW
[4] flag no. 110 in Italian political flags collection Schmöger, from party HQ at Rome
[5] L'Espresso 8 May 2008, p. 53; 17 September 2009, p. 32
[6] http://www.flickr.com/photos/mauriziolupi/6973001518/
[7] http://static.tuttogratis.it/attualita/fotogallery/628X0/82881/silvio-berlusconi.jpg

M. Schmöger, 18 April 2013


Variant flags

Variant with URL

image by M. Schmöger, 18 April 2013

Plain flag without Berlusconi

image by M. Schmöger, 18 April 2013