Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018

Likely premier seen as moderate with cross-party ties


(By Sandra Cordon and Denis Greenan).
Rome, April 24 - In selecting Enrico Letta to be
Italy's probable next premier, President Giorgio Napolitano has
opted for generational change combined with experience,
moderation and a certain political flexibility.
Letta, 46, will be the third-youngest premier in Italy's
history and despite the fact he has been deputy head of
centre-left Democratic Party (PD) for the past four years, he is
seen as a moderate.
The former Christian Democrat also boasts ties with the
centre-right People of Freedom (PdL) party - his uncle, Gianni
Letta, has been ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's longtime chief of
All this suggests Letta possesses a kind of political
adaptability that may be just what the Italian government needs
after two months of logjam.
He addressed that Wednesday after accepting a
government-formation mandate from Napolitano "with reservations"
- political jargon to indicate his cautious optimism.
Italians "are fed up with political games," Letta said.
"I will put all I have...with great determination," to help
restore faith in politics, he vowed.
He also brings experience - Letta became a cabinet minister
at age of 32, the youngest ever to hold such a post in the
country's history.
Once described as a "rising star" in the industry
portfolio, Letta first served as minister for European Union
affairs, and - holding an advanced degree in European legal
studies - is said to be staunchly pro-Europe.
That could hold promise for the administration at a time
when many Italians are questioning the value of remaining in the
common currency as well remaining involved in pan-European
political structures.
He has also been a member of the European Parliament and
reportedly speaks fluent English, like Napolitano, an invaluable
asset in handling international affairs.
Letta went to school in Strasbourg before getting a degree
in international law from Pisa University.
Letta, who was born in the Tuscan city of Pisa, was first
elected to the Lower House in the 2006 general election for the
Olive Tree coalition, led by economist and former European
Commissioner Romano Prodi.
He has lectured occasionally at the Libera Universita'
Cattaneo near Milan, Pisa University and the Haute Ecole de
Commerce in Paris.
He has been deputy president of the ASPEN Institute Italia
since 2004.
Letta is a fan of the cult Dylan Dog horror comics series
featuring a paranormal investigator.
He supports Serie A giant and seven-time European champions
AC Milan, which is owned by Berlusconi.
One of Letta's favourite pastimes is playing five-a-side

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