October 7, 2022

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A life shared between David Sassoli, the press and his interest in Europe

The President of the European Parliament, the Italian David Sassoli, died Monday, Tuesday night, at the age of 65 in a hospital in Aviano, in the Italian province of Portino. He has chaired the European Parliament since 2019, winning an order by surprise of this former journalist, who entered politics under the center-left colors ten years ago, for which he was fully involved. It was only announced this Monday David Sosoli was admitted to the hospitalDue to a serious problem due to dysfunction of the immune system“At the same time its official activities will be canceled.

David Sasoli, who has suffered from leukemia in the past, was hospitalized with pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria, which kept him out of parliament for several weeks. David Sasoli – a married man and father of two – explained himself in a video posted on Twitter after recovering.

The date of his funeral is to be announced soon. Flags of EU companies are hoisted at half-mast.

His order, which has been the Speaker of the Legislature since 2019, expired halfway through the five-year Assembly this month. The name of his successor is not yet known. He or she will be selected for the full session next week.

Familiar face to the Italians

Born in Tuscany, Florence on May 30, 1956, David Sassoli was a frequent visitor to Catholic scouts and guides during his youth. After studying political science and journalism, before moving to the “Il Giorno” newspaper, he began working for small newspapers and news organizations such as ASCA. In 1989, he covered up the fall of the Berlin Wall on the spot. In 1992, he moved to the Italian public broadcaster RAI, where he first became one of the channel’s star editors and later deputy director of JT.

Love first fell in love with politics in 2009 when Walter Veltroni, the former mayor of the left in Rome, arranged for the merger of the two major left and center-left parties, and David Sosoli joined the project, and it was born. Democratic Party.

As a candidate for the European elections, he was elected to the PD list with more than 400,000 votes, which deliberately removed him from the screen and began his political career within the European Parliament.

Failed in Rome, expert in Brussels

The leader of the PD delegation at the organization, he ran for mayor of Rome for the post of mayor of Rome in 2013 and sought to enter the national political arena, but was overthrown by the then-elected Ignacio Marino. Mayor.

From this abandoned endeavor, David Sassoli dedicated himself to the European Assembly, which was one of the most expert delegates. Re-elected in 2014, he became Deputy Speaker of Parliament in charge of Budget and Euro-Mediterranean Policy.

Considered a co-ordinator, capable of maneuvering without creating waves to reach consensus, he claimed the rights of “‘s father.EU’s most important railway reform – European Sasoli-Dijksma law – adopted in 2017 after three years of complex negotiations“In opening the national passenger transport markets to competition.

He said he did not have “He gave up his life completely as a journalist“And still collaborated with various dailies and magazines while writing columns.

He, along with Francesco Saverio Romano in 2013, was the author of a book on the advice of ministers when Aldo Moro was abducted in the spring of 1978.

Nothing is possible without men, nothing is sustainable without companies“, Quoting the sentence of Jean Monet, one of the founding fathers of the European Union, he announced before being elected to his fellow delegates.

The President was surprised

On July 3, 2019, David Sosoli was elected Speaker of the European Parliament. Reluctant to make outrageous talks, but with a firm hand in a semi-cycle of discussions, he assumed the leadership of the legislature at the end of negotiations between the major political forces and governments for the leadership of the three European institutions.

The commission went with Ursula van der Leyen to the EPP (European right), to the Council for Liberals with Charles Michael, and finally to the Socialists with David Sosoli to parliament.

His nationality, his party – the second member of the Social Democrats – and his knowledge of the organization made him a last-minute workaholic.

In his inaugural address, David Sosoli recalled the importance of taking action to combat climate change, the need for a policy closer to citizens and their needs, especially the youth, and the urgent need to strengthen parliamentary democracy and promote European values.

Rarely elected was David Sasoli, who visited one of the sites of the 2016 Brussels attacks and wanted to pay tribute to all those affected by terrorism in Europe, in memory of the victims at the Maelbeek metro station in Brussels.

In 2019, he was elected to the European Parliament and demanded the release of former Catalan President Oriol Juncross, who had been imprisoned in Spain following the crisis over Catalonia’s independence.

For two and a half years he found his work weighed down by poor health. But the focus on his groups, focused on teleworking, his sense of organization with the remote voting system and his ability to resist French pressure to bring elected officials back to Strasbourg earned him the respect of the company.

Defender of Freedom, he was registered in the defense of civil rights in Russia, especially active in the fate of Alexei Navalny, which was banned along with 7 European leaders on the detention list of European officials ignored by Moscow. From entering Russian territory.

As a sign of solidarity in the midst of an epidemic, he made available the deserted campus of Parliament in both Strasbourg and Brussels to prepare food for needy families and to set up a Govt screening center.

Achilles heel in his health recovering from leukemia. He was a heavy smoker and of good character, and was admitted to hospital last September, in a critical condition, having been sidelined for several weeks due to pneumonia.

On December 26, he was again admitted to the hospital.Due to a serious problem due to dysfunction of the immune system“, According to its spokesman.

A fan of his hometown football team, Fiorentina, David Sassoli shared his leisure time between reading and gardening at his country home in the medieval city of Sudri, north of Rome.

European leaders are welcome. “The winner of democracy“And”A leader

The President of the European Parliament leaves a “memory.Champion of Democracy“, A”Fighter of Europe“,”Accessible“And”Good“According to the tributes of MEPs and EU leaders.

Honest and passionate European, we are already losing his human warmth, his generosity, his friendship and his smile.Charles Michael, President of the Council of Europe, responded.

I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a great European and a proud Italian, caring journalist, extraordinary Speaker of Parliament and above all a dear friend.Said Ursula van der Leyen, head of the European Commission.

His group, the Social Democrats (S&D), the second political force in the European Parliament, dropped out in mid-December to field a candidate, leading the EPP candidate (right) to the current first by-election. Speaker of Parliament, Maltese Roberta Metzola. “My heart is broken. Europe has lost a leader, I have lost a friend, democracy has lost a champion“, The latter said on Twitter.

He was close to the people, and he was truly accessible not only to those at the decision-making level, but also to the small population of Parliament. He did not change when he became president, he was himself.“, Mark Trabella recalled.

Let us remember a pro-democracy and pro-European leader. You were bright, generous, and happy“The European Commissioner for Economy said his comrade Palo Gentiloni.”Her kindness was an inspiration to all“Says Franz Timmermans, vice chairman of the commission.

Pioneer of new technologies in Parliament

In Belgium, some MEPs have already reacted, especially Benoît LutgenFan of European construction“This led to an establishment”Firm hand but always grace“.

Philip Lambertz, Co-Chair of the Verts / ALE Group, “Sadness“By the death of David Sosoli.”I will remember his kindness and concern for the common good.

Oliver Chastel Learned “With great sadness“Death of the Speaker of Parliament.”David Sassoli appeared to us as a confident European, Liberal MEP announces, He worked tirelessly for this European construction. He wanted to put his political weight in the service of the European Parliament. He was the best defender of the rule of law and European values. His tenure in both the Brexit and Govt crisis has not been easy. […] He should have mentioned his opposition to his decision because some MPs wanted to hold a parliamentary debate on the physical presence, even under dramatic circumstances. It has fitted the European Parliament with new technologies for telecommunications, making it one of the best equipped institutions for the future, avoiding a return to the more expensive old system. There will be a hybrid functioning system in the European Parliament from the Sasoli era.

Mark Bodenga, MEP for PTB, will remember “For his unwavering dedication and mercy“.

Asita Kanko (N-VA) recalled an elegant, humble, respectable person. “Good to work” And that “It went beyond political divisions and tried to unite.”

Pascal Arimond (CSP – PPE) also underscores his character “Smile, never stressed”: “Nice and talented guy”. “He knows how to smooth things over, but be sure”.



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In June 2021, David Sassoli and Pope Francis © VATICAN MEDIA / AFP
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