Masterpieces trace Europe through the ages

ROME, March 21 (UPI) -- A collection of Europe's most representative artworks will be on display in Rome to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome.

Prodi retains post with majority vote

ROME, March 2 (UPI) -- Italy's nine-day government crisis has ended with a successful confidence vote for Prime Minister Romano Prodi in the House.

Italian premier will stay in office

ROME, March 1 (UPI) -- Italian Premier Romano Prodi survived a razor-thin vote of confidence in Italy's Senate and will remain in office.

President rejects Prodi's resignation

ROME, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Italian President Giorgio Napolitano Saturday rejected Premier Romano Prodi's resignation and asked him to remain in office.

Italian center-left rallies behind Prodi

ROME, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Center-left political parties in Italy have declared their support for Romano Prodi, the caretaker prime minister who resigned amid pressure from the left.

Italian premier offers resignation

ROME, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Italian Premier Romano Prodi has offered his resignation after a parliamentary vote in Rome over his foreign policy failed.

South Korean president visits Europe

MADRID, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- South Korea's President Roh Moo-hyun is on a tour of Spain and Italy hoping to promote his country's economic interests in Europe. Roh's weeklong itinerary also includes a stop in Vatican City, where he and First Lady Kwon Yang-suk are scheduled to meet w

Italian judge rejects life-support removal

ROME, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- An Italian judge has rejected a request by a terminally ill man to let doctors turn off his life-support machine, saying the case was beyond his jurisdiction.

Italian journalist Fallaci dead at 77

FLORENCE, Italy, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Italian journalist and controversial author Oriana Fallaci has died in Florence, Italy, after a battle with lung cancer. She was 77.

Prodi appointed Italian premier

ROME, May 16 (UPI) -- Italian President Giorgio Napolitano Tuesday appointed Romano Prodi premier amid charges of election fraud from outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Italy elects ex-communist as president

ROME, May 10 (UPI) -- Italian Sen. Giorgio Napolitano Wednesday became the first ex-communist to be elected president of the nation, a report said.

Berlusconi: No ex-communist for president

ROME, May 9 (UPI) -- Outgoing premier Silvio Berlusconi Tuesday renewed objections to a former communist becoming Italy's next president, ruling out Sen. Giorgio Napolitano.
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Giorgio Napolitano
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)

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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