Giorgio Napolitano

President of Italy Giorgio Napolitano

Giorgio Napolitano is an Italian politician who has been the 11th President of the Italian Republic since 2006. A long-time member of the Italian Communist Party and later the Democrats of the Left, he served as President of the Chamber of Deputies from 1992 to 1994 and as Minister of the Interior from 1996 to 1998.
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Italy president starts talks to seek way out of political crisis
Yahoo News - about 1 year
By Steve Scherer and Francesca Piscioneri ROME (Reuters) - Italy's president began talks with political leaders on Thursday to seek a way out of the political crisis caused by the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Sergio Mattarella, a 75-year-old former politician and constitutional court judge, must decide if someone can lead Italy to elections scheduled for 2018, or whether an interim government should serve until a snap vote can be held in spring. Mattarella, a former Christian Democrat with a less interventionist style than his predecessor Giorgio Napolitano, begins talks with institutional leaders at 6 p.m. (1700 GMT) at the his Quirinal Palace.
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Global markets focus on Italy's change of government - CTV News
Google News - about 4 years
CTV News Global markets focus on Italy's change of government CTV News LONDON -- Markets in Europe were steady as exchanges in Toronto and New York were closed on Monday for holidays. Overseas, investors sought clarity over Italy's political and economic future, now that Italy's President Giorgio Napolitano has asked ... Italian Bonds Advance With Spain's as Renzi Sets Out New AgendaBusinessweek Go-ahead for Renzi to form coalitionThe Australian all 665 news articles »
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President summons center-left's Renzi as Italy seeks new government - about 4 years
ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Giorgio Napolitano summoned Matteo Renzi to a meeting on Monday at which he is expected to ask the center-left leader to form a government that must overhaul one of the most troubled economies in the euro zone.
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Italian President Puts Off Premier Choice as PD Pushes for Renzi - Businessweek
Google News - about 4 years Italian President Puts Off Premier Choice as PD Pushes for Renzi Businessweek Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said he needs more time to choose the next prime minister after two days of talks with parliamentary groups, the biggest of which urged that Florence Mayor Matteo Renzi be named. “It has been an interesting day, full of ... Silvio Berlusconi's back... to broker voting reform: Italy's new PM Matteo Renzi to ...The Independent Italy's president delays choice of new prime Italy's Renzi Close to Prime Minister JobWall Street Journal Business Recorder -Reuters -CTV News all 82 news articles »
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Italy’s Premier Resigns Amid Party Dispute
NYTimes - about 4 years
President Giorgio Napolitano is widely expected to ask Matteo Renzi, the brash young mayor of Florence, to form a new government after the resignation of Prime Minister Enrico Letta.     
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Italian premier quitting after losing key support
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
ROME (AP) — Abandoned by an ambitious party rival, Italian Premier Enrico Letta announced Thursday he is resigning after losing essential support for his battered, 10-month-old coalition government. Hours earlier, Matteo Renzi, the 39-year-old leader of Letta's Democratic Party, rallied party executives to an overwhelming vote for a change of command in the premier's office. President Giorgio Napolitano, who has staunchly opposed calling for new elections, could conceivably ask Letta to try to win a vote of renewed confidence in Parliament to make the legislature, and not the Democratic Party, the arbiter of the premier's fate. Napolitano would likely ask Renzi to try to form a coalition solid enough to command a working majority in Parliament that could quickly enact pressing electoral reform and measures to create jobs, especially with youth unemployment hovering around 40 percent. Berlusconi's center-right Forza Italia party is Italy's second-largest party after the Democrats, ...
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Italian President Napolitano Under Fire Over Monti Appointment
NYTimes - about 4 years
Italian President Giorgio Napolitano faced fierce criticism on Monday over reports that he asked Mario Monti about replacing Silvio Berlusconi as prime minister months before his government fell at the height of the euro zone crisis in 2011.     
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World Briefing: Italy: Toxic Waste Law Enacted
NYTimes - about 4 years
President Giorgio Napolitano signed an emergency law to tackle environmental crimes and the damage produced by the illegal dumping or burning of waste.     
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Obama Meeting With Pope Francis In March
Huffington Post - about 4 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican as part of a European trip scheduled for March. The White House says Obama "looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality" during their March 27 meeting. Obama also plans to meet in Rome with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Enrico Letta. Obama's trip begins March 24-25 in The Hague, Netherlands, where he will participate in a nuclear security summit hosted by the Dutch government and meet with Dutch leaders. On March 26, Obama will travel to Brussels for an U.S.-European Union summit with the presidents of the European Council and the European Commission, as well as meetings with Belgian leaders and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen.
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Italian conductor Claudio Abbado dies aged 80
Yahoo News - about 4 years
Italian conductor Claudio Abbado, a former director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, has died aged 80 after a long illness, Milan opera house Teatro alla Scala said on Monday. Called the world's greatest conductor by the Financial Times, Abbado was ceremonially named an Italian Senator for Life by President Giorgio Napolitano last August. Abbado was diagnosed with cancer in 2000, but three years later went on to form the Lucerne orchestra, individually selecting most of the members himself. He succumbed to another bout of illness in May 2010, forcing La Scala to cancel concerts at which he had been due to conduct.
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Italy's top court rules electoral law breaches constitution
Yahoo News - about 4 years
By Valentina Consiglio and Gavin Jones ROME (Reuters) - Italy's electoral law is unconstitutional, its top court ruled on Wednesday, piling pressure on political parties to reform a system blamed for creating parliamentary deadlock. Most politicians agree, at least in public, that the electoral rules which helped produce a hung parliament after February's national vote must change to give Italy a chance of forming a stable government. But despite repeated exhortations from business leaders, union chiefs and President Giorgio Napolitano, progress on voting reform has long been blocked by parties worried that a new system could damage their electoral chances. "Now there is no more room for excuses from anyone, we have to move, quickly, to change the law," said Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, whose breakaway group from Silvio Berlusconi's center-right is a key part of the fragile ruling coalition.
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  • 2015
    Napolitano officially resigned on 14 January 2015, after the end of the six month Italian Presidency of the European Union.
    After a record eight and a half years as president, Napolitano resigned at age 89 in January 2015.
  • 2014
    On 9 November 2014 the Italian press reported that Napolitano would step down at the end of the year.
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    When Letta handed in his resignation on 14 February 2014, Napolitano mandated Matteo Renzi (Letta's factional challenger) to form a new government.
    On 30 January 2014 the Five Star Movement deposited an impeachment accusing Napolitano of harming the Italian Constitution, to allow unconstitutional laws and in relation of the events State-Mafia negotiation.
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  • 2013
    He was easily re-elected on 20 April 2013, receiving 738 of the 1007 possible votes, and was sworn in on 22 April 2013 after a speech when he asked for constitutional and electoral reforms.
    Following five inconclusive ballots for the 2013 presidential election, Napolitano agreed to stand for re-election as President - an unprecedented move - following pleas by Prime Minister Mario Monti and the leaders of the main political blocks, Pier Luigi Bersani and Silvio Berlusconi.
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    Napolitano was reelected on 20 April 2013.
    When his seven-year presidential term expired in April 2013, Napolitano (then aged 87) reluctantly agreed to stand again, to safeguard the continuity of the country's institutions during the parliamentary deadlock that followed the 2013 general election.
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  • 2012
    Enrico Letta is the successor of Mario Monti, who resigned on 21 December 2012 but whose government remained in charge for the ordinary administration until 28 April 2013, the day the new government was sworn in.
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  • 2011
    In November 2011, after barely surviving a motion of no confidence in December 2010, Berlusconi resigned from his post as Prime Minister, having lost the trust of the parliament amidst increasingly dramatic financial and economic conditions.
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  • 2009
    On 6 February 2009, President Napolitano refused to sign an emergency decree made by the Berlusconi government in order to suspend a final court sentence allowing suspension of nutrition to 38-year-old coma patient Eluana Englaro; the decree could not be enacted by Berlusconi.
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  • 2008
    On 7 May 2008, President Napolitano appointed Silvio Berlusconi as Prime Minister, following his landslide victory in the general election.
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  • 2007
    On 21 February 2007, Prime Minister Romano Prodi submitted his resignation after losing a foreign policy vote in the Parliament; Napolitano held talks with the political groups in parliament, and on 24 February rejected the resignation, prompting Prodi to ask for a new vote of confidence.
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  • 2006
    On 26 September 2006, Napolitano made an official visit to Budapest, Hungary, where he paid tribute to the fallen in the 1956 revolution, which he initially opposed as member of the Italian Communist Party, by laying a wreath at Imre Nagy's grave. There was therefore a movement of hate and bloodthirsty fury, and a Slavic annexationist design, which prevailed above all in the peace treaty of 1947, and assumed the sinister shape of "ethnic cleansing".
    On 9 July 2006, Napolitano was present at the FIFA World Cup final, in which the Italian team defeated France and won its fourth World Cup, and afterwards he joined the players' celebrations.
    The centre-left majority coalition, on 7 May 2006, officially endorsed Napolitano as its candidate in the presidential election that began on 8 May.
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    In 2006, his name was frequently suggested for the office of President of the Italian Republic.
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    In 2006, when Napolitano was elected President of the Italian Republic, Gardner stated to AP Television News that he considered Napolitano "a real statesman", "a true believer in democracy" and "a friend of the United States who will carry out his office with impartiality and fairness".
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    In May 2006, he was elected by parliament as President of Italy. During his first term of office, he oversaw governments both of the centre-left, led by Prodi, and the centre-right, led by Silvio Berlusconi. In November 2011, Berlusconi resigned as Prime Minister amid financial and economic problems.
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  • 2005
    In October 2005, he was named senator for life, and was therefore one of the last two to be appointed by President of the Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, together with Sergio Pininfarina.
    Napolitano was appointed a Senator for life in 2005 by President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
  • 1999
    Napolitano also served a second term as a MEP from 1999 to 2004 as member of the Party of European Socialists.
  • 1997
    Napolitano has often been cited as the author of a collection of sonnets in Neapolitan language, published under the pseudonym Tommaso Pignatelli, entitled Pe cupià ’o chiarfo ("To mimic the downpour"). He denied this in 1997 and, again, on the occasion of his presidential election, when his staff described the attribution of authorship to Napolitano as a "journalistic myth".
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  • 1996
    Successively, he served as President of the Chamber of Deputies (1992–1994), and between 1996 and 1998 he was the first former Communist to become Minister of the Interior, a role traditionally occupied by Christian Democrats.
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  • 1991
    After the dissolution of the Italian Communist Party, in 1991, Napolitano joined the Democratic Party of the Left, later Democrats of the Left.
    He was an active member of the party until it ended in 1991.
  • 1982
    He is the second President of the Italian Republic to be present at a FIFA World Cup final won by the Italian team, after Sandro Pertini in 1982.
  • 1977
    Between 1977 and 1981 Napolitano had some secret meetings with the United States ambassador Richard Gardner, at a time when the PCI was seeking contact with the US administration, in the context of its definitive break with its past relationship with the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the beginning of eurocommunism, the attempt to develop a theory and practice more adequate to the democratic countries of Western Europe.
  • 1963
    Between 1963 and 1966, Napolitano was party chairman in the city of Naples and later, between 1966 and 1969, he was appointed as chairman of the secretary's office and of the political office.
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  • 1956
    He was elected to the National Committee of the party during its eighth national congress in 1956, largely thanks to the support offered by Palmiro Togliatti, who wanted to involve younger politicians in the central direction of the party.
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  • 1953
    In 1953 a document of the Italian Ministry of Interior reported Napolitano as a member of the secret armed paramilitary groups of the Communist Party in the city of Rome (so called "Gladio Rossa")
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    He was first elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1953 for the electoral division of Naples, and was returned at every election until 1996.
    First elected to the Chamber of Deputies in 1953, he took an assiduous interest in parliamentary life, and was President of the Chamber of Deputies from 1992 to 1994.
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  • 1947
    President Napolitano's remarks on the foibe massacres were praised by both centre-left and centre-right in Italy, and both coalitions condemned Mesić's statements, while the whole of Croatia stood by Mesić, who later acknowledged that Napolitano didn't want to put in discussion the Peace Treaty of 1947.
    Another matter of debate in Croatia was that the Italian President made awards to relatives of 25 foibe victims, who included the last fascist Italian prefect in Zadar, Vincenzo Serrentino, who was sentenced to death in 1947 in Šibenik.
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  • 1946
    He became a member of the Secretariat of the Italian Economic Centre for Southern Italy in 1946, which was represented by Senator Paratore, where he remained for two years.
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  • 1945
    Following the end of the war in 1945, Napolitano joined the Italian Communist Party (PCI).
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  • 1942
    In 1942, he matriculated at the University of Naples Federico II.
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  • 1925
    Giorgio Napolitano was born in Naples, Italy, in 1925.
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