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Decide!

Decide! (Decidere!) is an Italian libertarian political association. It is sometimes also referred to as Decidere.net, in reference to its official website.

History

Decide! was launched in June 2007 by Daniele Capezzone, former secretary of the Italian Radicals and member of the Camera dei Deputati for the Rose in the Fist, who is currently at odds with his party colleagues. The association is affiliated neither to centre-left The Union, from which Capezzone hails, nor to the centre-right House of Freedoms, but it seems definitely to be closer to the latter. Capezzone himself has become closer to Forza Italia's leader Silvio Berlusconi and is very critical of Prodi II Cabinet, which he does not support anymore. It is not clear what relations Decidere will have with the Italian Radicals and, above all, with the Liberal Reformers, whose leader Benedetto Della Vedova is welcoming Capezzone to the centre-right.

Decide! was officially presented to the public on 3 September and organized two major rallies: the first one on pensions (Rome, 22 September) and the second one on taxes (Milan, 29 September). On 7 November Daniele Capezzone finally left the Italian Radicals and the Rose in the Fist.

On 12 May 2008 Capezzone was appointed spokesman of Forza Italia.

Ideology

The association is not yet a party and it is not clear what structure it will have, but it has already a political program based on 13 points, which include flat tax at 20%, fiscal federalism, presidentialism and first-past-the-post electoral system, liberalizations and privatizations. The association has its focus principally on economic issues and has close ties with the Bruno Leoni Institute and the Italian Liberal Party. It is likely that it will take a liberal stance on the ethical issues (even if Capezzone has softened his tone on abortion, artificial insemination and euthanasia), and a pro-United States and pro-Israel stance in foreign policy.

Members

Leading members of Decide! include Salvatore Abruzzese, Annamaria Bernardini De Pace, Luigi Castaldi, Giuliano Cazzola, Luigi Crespi, Stefano De Luca, Filippo Facci, Gian Maria Fara, Giordano Bruno Guerri, Maria Giovanna Maglie, Carla Martino, Piero Melograni, Barbara Mennitti, Alberto Mingardi, Daniele Nahum, Giovanni Orsina, Giancarlo Pagliarini, Giuseppe Pennisi, Riccardo Pugnalin, Giorgio Rebuffa, Andrea Romano, Florindo Rubettino, Carlo Stagnaro, Roberta Tatafiore and Michele Tiraboschi.

Leadership

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