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The Union, Italy

L'Unione

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image by M. Schmöger, 4 December 2005



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Overview

I wish to report a new Italian political flag that first came into use in early October 2005. L'Unione (= The Union) is the name of the new center-left wing coalition, which includes Democrats of the Left, Communist Refoundation Party, Italian Communist Party, The Daisy, Socialists and Union of Democrats for Europe. On October 9, a national rally took place here in Rome, to promote the primary elections for choosing the coalition's leader, held one week later. In my own experience, this was the first time that flags bearing the logo of the new coalition were seen. The flag measures 145 x 90 cm. Its colour is deep green, with the round logo placed in central position; the latter features the name of the coalition and a rainbow, on a white background that fades into pale blue in the lower half. The flag is printed on both sides (the logo and the lettering on the back are reversed).
Andrea Pollett, 27 October 2005

The logo of the Unione was already shown earlier this year by the leader of this coalition, see www.corriere.it. The flags, however, have come into use pretty recently, although somewhat earlier than suggested by Andrea Pollet. The first documented use of this flag is from the National Festival of Unity (Festa dell' Unità) at Milan 25 Aug- 19 Sep 2005. Photos of the use there can be found in the Italian news magazine L'Espresso (8 Sep 2005, p. 60; 29 Sep 2005, p. 67). There are also photos from the web that show the flag of L'Unione, see www.festaunita.it. The flag can be bought in the shop of the Left Democrats (DS), see www.dsonline.it.
M. Schmöger, 4 December 2005