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Berlusconi: President should be elected

Berlusconi: President should be elected

ROME, May 25 (UPI) -- Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said the country's president should be elected by citizens rather than be appointed by Parliament.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, May 16, 2012.
By United Press International

Economy and political parties pressured

ROME, April 17 (UPI) -- Amid concern over the Milan stock market, Italy's political parties have been come under fire following a spate of corruption uncovered by the government.

Italy angered by botched British rescue of Nigeria hostages

ROME, March 9 (UPI) -- A botched British rescue of two European hostages in Nigeria that led to the deaths of both captives has angered Italy and sparked a war of words between Rome and London.

Rome's Chinese immigrants demand security

ROME, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The slaying of a bar owner and his infant daughter in Rome illustrates increasing security risks for Chinese immigrants living in Italy, advocates say.

EU leaders: Economic turmoil not over

BERLIN, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Europe faces more turmoil this year than last, with further painful belt-tightening that will test Europeans' resolve, European leaders warned their nations.
Napolitano endorses Monti debt package

Napolitano endorses Monti debt package

MANTOVA, Italy, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Italian President Giorgio Napolitano signed a decree Tuesday endorsing Prime Minister Mario Monti's $40.17 billion austerity package, ANSA said
Team named to help Italy out of crisis

Team named to help Italy out of crisis

ROME, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Prime Minister-designate Mario Monti unveiled the team of ministers he wants to help him steer Italy out of its debt crisis Wednesday.
Monti begins forming Italian government

Monti begins forming Italian government

ROME, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Economist Mario Monti began talks Monday to form an emergency government in Italy to help avert a financial meltdown of the world's eighth-largest economy.
Smart guys

Smart guys

They are handing Europe's trouble spots over to the technocrats.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International
Monti named new Italian prime minister

Monti named new Italian prime minister

ROME, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Mario Monti, an economist and former European Union commissioner, Sunday was picked to succeed Silvio Berlusconi as Italy's prime minister.
Italian PM Berlusconi resigns

Italian PM Berlusconi resigns

ROME, Nov. 12 (UPI) -- Silvio Berlusconi, who has been prime minister of Italy longer than anyone since Benito Mussolini, fulfilled his promise to resign Saturday.
Italian Senate passes austerity measures

Italian Senate passes austerity measures

ROME, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The Italian Senate Friday passed a package of austerity measures designed to avert a eurozone meltdown, officials said.
Greece names Papademos PM; Italy is iffy

Greece names Papademos PM; Italy is iffy

ATHENS, Greece, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Negotiators, after days of haggling, named economist Lucas Papademos as Greece's new prime minister to lead a unity government Thursday.
Monitors in Rome to review economic reform

Monitors in Rome to review economic reform

ROME, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- European Union and the European Central Bank inspectors were in Rome Wednesday to begin monitoring Italy's compliance with promised economic reforms.
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U.S. President George W. Bush (R) shakes hands with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on December 11, 2007. (UPI Photo/Carol T. Powers/POOL)
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Giorgio Napolitano (Italian pronunciation: ; born 29 June 1925) is an Italian politician and former lifetime senator, the 11th and current President of the Italian Republic. His election took place on 10 May 2006, and his term started with the swearing-in ceremony held on 15 May 2006. He is the first President of Italy to have been a member of the Italian Communist Party.

Giorgio Napolitano was born in Naples. In 1942 he matriculated at the University of Naples Federico II. He adhered to the local Giovent├╣ Universitaria Fascista ("University Fascist Youth"), where he met his core group of friends, who shared his opposition to Italian fascism. As he would later state, the group "was in fact a true breeding ground of anti-fascist intellectual energies, disguised and to a certain extent tolerated".

A theatre enthusiast since high school, during his university years he contributed a theatrical review to the IX Maggio weekly magazine, and had small parts in plays organized by the Giovent├╣ Universitaria Fascista itself. He played in a comedy by Salvatore Di Giacomo at Teatro Mercadante in Naples. Napolitano dreamed of being an actor and spent his early years performing in several productions at the Teatro Mercadante. He later measured himself against Joyce and Eliot.

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