The Right (Italy)

This article is about an Italian political party. For the political concept, see the right. For other uses, see right (disambiguation).
"La Destra" redirects here. For other uses, see Destra (disambiguation).
The Right
La Destra
Secretary Francesco Storace
Vice Secretary Nello Musumeci
Founded 14 July 2007
Split from National Alliance
Headquarters Via Sebastiano Conca 6, Rome
Newspaper Il Giornale d'Italia (online)
Membership unknown
Ideology National conservatism[1][2]
Political position Right-wing
National affiliation Forza Italia (since 2014)
European affiliation none
International affiliation none
European Parliament group none
Chamber of Deputies
0 / 630
0 / 315
European Parliament
0 / 73

The Right (Italian: La Destra) is an extra-parliamentary national-conservative[2] political party in Italy.



On 3 July 2007 Storace announced his resignation from National Alliance (AN) in a letter posted on his website, claiming that AN had become too centrist and moderate and in protest against the lack of internal democracy in the party, and on 27 July he announced the formation of a new party.

On 10 November the party was founded in a constituent congress in Rome. On that occasion the Sicilian Alliance of Nello Musumeci merged into The Right, and Daniela Santanchè, a leading female member of AN, left the party to join The Right,[3] broadening its appeal, as she was close to the Italian Liberal Party (PLI) and never joined the Italian Social Movement (MSI). In January 2008 Unitalia, a minor party in South Tyrol, and Taverna List, a minor party in the province of Trentino, merged into The Right.

As the party is organized as a federal structure, Unitalia and Taverna List became the provincial sections of the party in the Provinces of South Tyrol and Trento, respectively, as Sicilian Alliance had become the regional section of the party in Sicily.[4]

2008 general election

On 27 February 2008 it was announced that The Right would contest the 2008 general election in alliance with Tricolour Flame, outside The People of Freedom-led centre-right coalition, in a joint list known as The Right–Tricolour Flame.[1] Daniela Santanchè was the candidate for Prime Minister and leader of the joint list between the two parties.

On 18 January 2008 Giancarlo Pagliarini joined the party. Pagliarini is a libertarian and keen fiscal federalist who was a leading member of Lega Nord from 1991 to 2007 and was close to the independentist wing of the party.[5] He headed the coalition list in Lombardy for the Senate.

Despite several well-known candidates, the party gained only 2.4% and thus failed to surpass the 4% threshold for entering the Chamber of Deputies. Also Storace, who topped the list in his home-region Lazio, failed re-election, as the coalition stopped at 3.2%, five points below the 8% regional threshold.[6]

Out of Parliament

On 20 July 2008, during a party convention, Storace resigned from party leadership, opening way for a national congress and a leadership election.[7] This election would also decided the party's electoral strategy, choosing either to continue an independent path or to join The People of Freedom (PdL) of Silvio Berlusconi. Storace favoured the first option, while Santanchè favoured an alliance with Berlusconi.[8] Storace would continue to be party secretary at least until the November congress and after if party members decided so.[9]

On 22 August 2008 Santanchè presented her candidacy for the party leadership, competing against Storace, who would stand again as candidate.[10] However, on 28 September, Santanché resigned as spokesperson and from the party, opening the possibility for a more consensual congress.[11] On 9 November Storace was re-elected secretary during a party congress. On that occasion he remarked that he did not exclude a future alliance with PdL.[12]

In October 2008 the party suffered another split led by Stefano Morselli, who launched Federal Right,[13] and Paolo Casolari, journalist, one of the founders and head of the party in Emilia-Romagna. In November Santanchè launched her Movement for Italy.[14] Both parties were expected to join PdL, while a third party resulting from the split, Libertarian Right led by Luciano Buonocore, has already joined it.[15]

In the 2009 European Parliament election the party ran as part of The Autonomy, an alliance including the Movement for the Autonomies, the Pensioners' Party and the Alliance of the Centre,[16][17] gaining 2.2% of the vote, resulting in no seats in the European Parliament. For the 2010 regional elections Storace signed a national pact with the PdL under which The Right supported PdL or Lega Nord candidates for President in all 13 regions where an election took place.[18]

In the 2012 Sicilian regional election, Nello Musumeci ran for President for the centre-right coalition, but lost to Rosario Crocetta of the Democratic Party.[19]

In the 2013 general election, held in February 2013, the party obtained 0.7% of the vote, gaining no seats.[20]

Adhesion to Forza Italia

In 2014 The Right became an associate party of Forza Italia.[21]


The party defines itself the party of the "social, national and popular right" and promotes patriotism, Catholic values and national cohesion. Among other things, The Right is strongly supportive of direct democracy and of presidentialism. Its economic policy is a mixture of statism, such the strong support for the welfare state and the introduction of the so-called "social loan" (mutuo sociale) for young people in order to enable them to purchase a house, and of libertarian proposals, such as the introduction of the flat tax and fiscal federalism.

Party leader Francesco Storace maintains that his party has nothing to do with the far right and instead he says to take inspiration from Indro Montanelli, a conservative-liberal journalist and editor of Il Giornale who declared "I am a right-winger, but this is not the right-wing I dreamt of". Although the party distanced itself from The People of Freedom, it also rejected any alliance with the parties of the far right, such as New Force and Tricolour Flame, with which it had formed a joint list for the 2008 general election.[22]

Storace endorsed Barack Obama and his proposed foreign policy for the United States 2008 presidential election.[23]


The party in 2007–2008 had 7 MPs: 4 deputies (Teodoro Buontempo, Antonio Pezzella, Roberto Salerno and Daniela Santanchè) and 3 senators (Stefano Losurdo, Stefano Morselli and Francesco Storace himself). Leading members of the new party include Nello Musumeci, MEP, Paolo Danieli and Michele Florino, both former Senators, Alberto Arrighi, former editor of Area (the journal of Social Right, a faction of AN), Paolo Agostinacchio, former mayor of Foggia, and Nuccio Carrara (former under-secretary for Reforms in Berlusconi's governments).

Popular support

The first opinion poll after the announcement of Storace put The Right at 3.2%.[24] According to this survey, The Right may steal votes both from National Alliance and from Social Action, Alessandra Mussolini's party. Other polls have placed the party around 5%.[25] After the fall of Romano Prodi government, The Right was placed at 3.3%.[26]

However, in the 2008 general election, the party was damaged by its choice to run alone and won only 2.4% of the vote. In that occasion the party was particularly strong in Central Italy: 3.6% in Umbria, 3.4% in Lazio and the Marche.[27]

Electoral results

Italian Parliament

Chamber of Deputies
Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
2008 884,961 (#7) 2.4
0 / 630
Daniela Santanchè
2013 219,816 (#11) 0.6
0 / 630
Francesco Storace
Senate of the Republic
Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
2008 686,926 (#7) 2.1
0 / 315
Daniela Santanchè
2013 221,112 (#10) 0.7
0 / 315
Francesco Storace

European Parliament

Election year # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
+/– Leader
2009 681,290 (#9) 2.2
0 / 72
Francesco Storace

Regional Councils

Region Latest election # of
overall votes
% of
overall vote
# of
overall seats won
Friuli-Venezia Giulia 2013 6,209 (#10) 1.6
0 / 49
Lazio 2013 140,110 (#4) 5.0
3 / 50
Molise 2013 2,440 (#16) 1.5
0 / 21
Piedmont 2014 5,004 (#16) 0.3
0 / 50
Sicily 2012 107,397 (#8) 5.6
5 / 90


See also


  1. 1 2 Tom Lansford, ed. (2013). Political Handbook of the World 2013. SAGE Publications. p. 715. ISBN 978-1-4522-5825-6.
  2. 1 2 Wolfram Nordsieck. "Parties and Elections in Europe – Italy".
  4. Consiglio della Provincia autonoma di Bolzano | Comunicati stampa dei gruppi consiliari
  5. エラー
  6. Ministero dell'Interno - Elezioni Politiche
  7. La Destra: Storace rimette il mandato - Il Messaggero
  8. Il Tempo - Politica - Storace e Santanché al bivio: tornare con il Cav o continuare da soli
  9. Diritto La Destra: Buontempo, Non E’ Vero Che Storace Si E’ Dimesso
  11. Daniela Santanchè si dimette da La Destra: collaborare con il Pdl - Corriere della Sera
  12. La Destra: Storace, «Ora no, ma verrà anche il tempo alleanze con Pdl» - Corriere della Sera
  16. あがり症の対策方法について
  18. La Stampa - Berlusconi sigla la pace con Storace: "Pdl e Destra insieme alle Regionali"
  19. Sicilia - Elezioni Regionali 28 ottobre 2012 - la
  20. Elezioni 2014
  21. Storace torna a casa. Aderirà a Forza Italia
  26. Intenzioni di voto - 21/22 gennaio 2008 - la tavola - Clandestinoweb: sondaggi politici, elettorali. Il sondaggio politico elettorale che fa opinione

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