On Sunday 4 March, Italy went to the polls to choose over 900 members of its two houses of Parliament. Italian voters have flocked to anti-establishment, Eurosceptic parties against mainstream, traditional political parties.
The pro-European list +Europa con Emma Bonino, which included ALDE member party Radicali Italiani, did not manage to pass the 3% via the proportional system. However, they have been able to win 3 seats in the single-member constituencies and 1 seat in the European constituency. Emma Bonino, Riccardo Magi, Bruno Tabacci and Alessandro Fusacchia have been elected and they will represent +Europa con Emma Bonino in the Italian Parliament.
Yesterday, during +Europa post-election press conference, Emma Bonino said: "We created +Europa because we had seen this anti-European wave. But we did not understand it was a tsunami. None of us sees the defeat of the numerical result as a defeat of the political project. We will continue to work on this project now more than ever."
Benedetto Della Vedova pointed out that the focus is now on the 2019 European Elections: "We fought against the populist tsunami and we lost. But we decided to move forward without hesitation. And to all those who have supported and followed us in these months, I would like to say that in the coming months we will work even harder to get the 4% in the 2019 European elections."
Riccardo Magi concluded saying that "if these elections tell us that the Italians have chosen unequivocally, they also tell us that an alternative front to the sovereigntist one should be built."