|President of the European Commission|
16 September 1999 â€“ 30 October 2004
|Preceded by||Manuel MarÃn|
|Succeeded by||JosÃ© Manuel Barroso|
|52nd Prime Minister of Italy|
17 May 2006 â€“ 8 May 2008
|Preceded by||Silvio Berlusconi|
|Succeeded by||Silvio Berlusconi|
17 May 1996 â€“ 21 October 1998
|President||Oscar Luigi Scalfaro|
|Preceded by||Lamberto Dini|
|Succeeded by||Massimo D’Alema|
|Minister of Justice|
17 January 2008 â€“ 6 February 2008
|Preceded by||Clemente Mastella|
|Succeeded by||Luigi Scotti|
|President of the Democratic Party|
14 October 2007 â€“ 16 April 2008
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Rosy Bindi|
|President of the Institute for Industrial Reconstruction|
20 May 1993 â€“ 27 July 1994
|Preceded by||Franco Nobili|
|Succeeded by||Michele Tedeschi|
3 November 1982 â€“ 29 October 1989
|Preceded by||Pietro Sette|
|Succeeded by||Franco Nobili|
|Minister of Industry, Commerce and Manufacturing|
25 November 1978 â€“ 20 March 1979
|Prime Minister||Giulio Andreotti|
|Preceded by||Carlo Donat-Cattin|
|Succeeded by||Franco Nicolazzi|
9 August 1939 |
|Political party||Christian Democracy
Italian People’s Party
(1996â€“1999; 2002â€“2007; 2013â€“ )
|The Olive Tree
|Spouse(s)||Flavia Franzoni (m. 1969)|
|Alma mater||UniversitÃ Cattolica, Milan
London School of Economics
Democracies must have equilibrium… and the entanglement of politics and information must be minimized.
Think what a revolution it will be if we manage to get everyone to pay their taxes.
Italy is divided between us and them, rich and poor, north and south, young and old, employed and unemployed.
The problem of Italy is not really a question of age. Japan has an older population, and it is now in full economic recovery. The problem is that Italy is old in the structure of the society.
I am not a newcomer, you know, so I want to be judged for what I did when I was prime minister last time in Italy and president of the European Commission for more than five years.
Moreover, resolving the mother of all problems – the Israeli-Palestinian question – requires cooperation between Europe and the U.S.
Foreign policy can mean several things, not only foreign policy in the narrow sense. It can cover foreign policy, relations with the developing world, and enlargement as well.
The Italian economy is certainly the weakest of the big European countries.
But Italy can only have any real influence on world affairs if it carries weight in Europe.
He uses statistics like a drunk uses lamp-posts, more for support than illumination.
It is becoming more widely acknowledged that it is better to have a good constitution than not having a perfect one.