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European Parliament President David Sassoli dies at 65

European Parliament President David Sassoli dies at 65

According to German radio station Deutsche Welle, Sassoli died after “serious complications” related to his immune system. “The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, died on January 11 at 1.15 am in a hospital in the Italian city of Aviano, where he was taken to the hospital.” Coelho said on Twitter.

Coelho announced on Monday that Sassoli has canceled all official activities for treatment at the hospital. “Hospitalization was necessary for serious health complications caused by a malfunction of the immune system,” Coelho said in a statement to the media.

Zdroj: SITA / AP Photo / Geert Vanden Wijngaer

David Maria Sassoli was born on May 30, 1956 in Florence. He studied political science at the University of Florence in the 1970s. He started as an agency journalist and later worked for the Romanian daily Il Giorno.

Entering politics in 2009, he became a member of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), which successfully ran for membership in the European Parliament in the same year. It garnered over 400,000 votes, and it was a great result for a political novice. In 2013, he ran for mayor of Rome, but was defeated in the elections by Ignazio Marino. He was elected President of the European Parliament on 3 July 2019.

About the late European Parliament President David Maria Sassoli

David Maria Sassoli was born on May 30, 1956 in Florence. He studied political science at the University of Florence in the 1970s. He started as an agency journalist and later worked for the Romanian daily Il Giorno.

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He is better known in Italy as a journalist than a politician, mainly due to the fact that he once hosted the major TV news program “TG1”. He once said of himself: “I’m not a star, I’m so boring” The German news agency quoted him as saying.

Early in his journalistic career, he worked with several daily newspapers and small news agencies. In 1985 he began working in the Romanian editorial office of the daily Il Giorno. Since 1982 he has worked for the Italian public television RAI, where he tackled the topics of organized crime and migration after the fall of the Eastern Bloc. From 1996 to 1997, he directed “La cronaca in diretta” on Rai 2, which earned him the award for Best Reporter.

David Sassoli

Zdroj: SITA / AP Photo / Geert Vanden Wijngaer

Entering politics in 2009, he became a member of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), which successfully ran for membership in the European Parliament in the same year. It garnered over 400,000 votes, and it was a great result for a political novice. In 2013, he ran for mayor of Rome, but was defeated in the elections by Ignazio Marino.

He became a member of the European Parliament even after the European elections in 2014. On 1 July 2014, Sassoli was elected Vice-President of the European Parliament, responsible for the Euro-Mediterranean budget and policy. He was also a member of the EP Group on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. He also supported European rail reform, which in 2017 contributed to the liberalization of rail transport. Together with Francesco Saverio Roman, he wrote a book about the kidnapping and assassination of Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moore, who was kidnapped and murdered in 1978 by members of the Red Brigade, a far-left organization.

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David Sassoli

Zdroj: SITA / AP Photo / Geert Vanden Wijngaer

In 2019, Sassoli was re-elected as a member of the European Parliament. The Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) nominated him as President of the European Parliament on July 2, 2019. A day later, on July 3, MEPs elected Sassoli as the new President of the European Parliament. He became the seventh Italian in this position. In mid-December last year, he announced in an exclusive interview with the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, that he would not run for the post of President of the European Parliament again.

David Maria Sassoli was also known as a Progressive Catholic and was part of various Catholic movements from a young age. He was a big fan of ACF Fiorentino, the most important football club in his hometown.