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Romano Prodi
OMRI
President of the European Commission
In office
16 September 1999 â€“ 30 October 2004
Preceded by Manuel Marín
Succeeded by José Manuel Barroso
52nd Prime Minister of Italy
In office
17 May 2006 â€“ 8 May 2008
President Giorgio Napolitano
Deputy Massimo D’Alema
Francesco Rutelli
Preceded by Silvio Berlusconi
Succeeded by Silvio Berlusconi
In office
17 May 1996 â€“ 21 October 1998
President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro
Deputy Walter Veltroni
Preceded by Lamberto Dini
Succeeded by Massimo D’Alema
Minister of Justice
In office
17 January 2008 â€“ 6 February 2008
Government Prodi II
Preceded by Clemente Mastella
Succeeded by Luigi Scotti
President of the Democratic Party
In office
14 October 2007 â€“ 16 April 2008
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Rosy Bindi
President of the Institute for Industrial Reconstruction
In office
20 May 1993 â€“ 27 July 1994
Preceded by Franco Nobili
Succeeded by Michele Tedeschi
In office
3 November 1982 â€“ 29 October 1989
Preceded by Pietro Sette
Succeeded by Franco Nobili
Minister of Industry, Commerce and Manufacturing
In office
25 November 1978 â€“ 20 March 1979
Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti
Preceded by Carlo Donat-Cattin
Succeeded by Franco Nicolazzi
Personal details
Born (1939-08-09) 9 August 1939 (age 77)
Scandiano, Italy
Political party Christian Democracy
(1963–1994)
Italian People’s Party
(1994–1996)
Independent
(1996–1999; 2002–2007; 2013– )
The Democrats
(1999–2002)
Democratic Party
(2007–2013)
Other political
affiliations
The Olive Tree
(1995–2007)
The Union
(2005–2007)
Spouse(s) Flavia Franzoni (m. 1969)
Children Giorgio
Antonio
Alma mater Università Cattolica, Milan
London School of Economics
Profession Economist, professor
Religion Roman Catholic
Nickname(s) Il Professore

I don't want to pass a punitive law, or use politics as a vendetta.
Democracies must have equilibrium… and the entanglement of politics and information must be minimized.
Romano Prodi
Think what a revolution it will be if we manage to get everyone to pay their taxes.
Romano Prodi
Italy is divided between us and them, rich and poor, north and south, young and old, employed and unemployed.
Romano Prodi
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.
Romano Prodi
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.
Romano Prodi
Moreover, resolving the mother of all problems – the Israeli-Palestinian question – requires cooperation between Europe and the U.S.
Romano Prodi
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.
Romano Prodi
I am not overconfident.
No one wants to lose their job, or cede the power they've acquired.
The Italian economy is certainly the weakest of the big European countries.
Romano Prodi
But Italy can only have any real influence on world affairs if it carries weight in Europe.
Romano Prodi
He uses statistics like a drunk uses lamp-posts, more for support than illumination.
Romano Prodi
Berlusconi is no longer fit to lead our country.
It is becoming more widely acknowledged that it is better to have a good constitution than not having a perfect one.
Romano Prodi