After three centre-left prime ministers — Enrico Letta, Matteo Renzi, Paolo Gentiloni — over five years, Italians head again to the polls to elect a new national government on 4 March.
Democratic Party: The center-left force is being led by former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.
These MPs split to form a party that veered further left called Liberi e Uguali (Free and Equal).
Pollsters have Forza Italia at around 15%, making them the third-largest single force in Italian politics.
Northern League: Euroskeptic and right-wing, this controversial party is known in Italy simply as Lega, with its leader Matteo Salvini allied with Berlusconi’s Forza Italia.