FACTOID # 24: Looking for table makers? Head to Mississippi, with an overwhlemingly large number of employees in furniture manufacturing.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Romano Prodi
Onorevole
 Romano Prodi
Romano Prodi

Incumbent
Assumed office 
17 May 2006
President Giorgio Napolitano
Deputy Massimo D'Alema
Francesco Rutelli
Preceded by Silvio Berlusconi
Succeeded by Incumbent
In office
17 May 1996 – 21 October 1998
President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro
Deputy Walter Veltroni
Preceded by Lamberto Dini
Succeeded by Massimo D'Alema

In office
16 September 1999 – 30 October 2004
Preceded by Manuel Marin
Succeeded by José Manuel Barroso

Member of the Chamber of deputies
Incumbent
Assumed office 
April 21, 2006
Constituency XI - Emilia Romagna

Born August 9, 1939 (1939-08-09) (age 68)
Scandiano, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Democratic Party
Spouse Flavia Franzoni
Children Giorgio Prodi
Antonio Prodi
Residence Palazzo Chigi, Rome
Alma mater Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Profession economist
university professor
Religion Roman Catholic
Prodi poses with Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson and George W. Bush at Gunnebo Slott near Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001.
Prodi poses with Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson and George W. Bush at Gunnebo Slott near Gothenburg, Sweden, June 14, 2001.

Romano Prodi  (born 9 August 1939) is an Italian politician and statesman. Since May 17, 2006, he has served as President of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister) of Italy following the victory of his The Union coalition over the House of Freedoms (Casa delle Libertà) led by Silvio Berlusconi in the April 2006 Italian elections. Vittorio Prodi Vittorio Prodi (born on 19 May 1937 in Reggio Emilia) is an Italian politician and Member of the European Parliament for North-East with the Margherita Party, part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and sits on the European Parliaments Committee on the Environment... These are some of the honorifics used in Italy. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 383 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (945 × 1478 pixel, file size: 199 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... In Italy, the President of the Council of Ministers (Italian: Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri) is the countrys prime minister or head of government, and occupies the fourth-most important state office. ... Open seat redirects here. ... is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Giorgio Napolitano (born June 29, 1925), is an Italian politician and former lifetime senator, the eleventh and current President of the Italian Republic. ... Massimo DAlema (born April 20, 1949) is an Italian politician, currently Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. ... Francesco Rutelli Francesco Rutelli (born June 14, 1954), MP, is an Italian politician, formerly Mayor of Rome, and president of the center wing liberal party Daisy-Democracy is Freedom. ...   (born September 29, 1936) is an Italian politician, entrepreneur, and media proprietor. ... Open seat redirects here. ... is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Baron Oscar Luigi Scàlfaro [skalfaro] (born in Novara, September 9, 1918) is an Italian politician and magistrate, member of the Christian Democracy, President of the Italian Republic from 1992 to 1999 and senator for life. ... Walter Veltroni (Rome, 03 July, 1955) is a Italian politician and lead member of the Democrats of the Left party. ... Lamberto Dini (right) with William Cohen Lamberto Dini (born in Florence, March 1, 1931), is a former Italian Prime Minister (1995-1996) and Foreign Minister (1996-2001). ... Massimo DAlema (born April 20, 1949) is an Italian politician, currently Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. ... François-Xavier Ortoli, Romano Prodi, José Manuel Barroso and Jacques Delors The President of the European Commission is notionally the highest ranking unelected official within the European Union bureaucracy. ... is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Manuel Marin (born 1950) is a politician from Spain. ... José Manuel Durão Barroso (pronunced: IPA, ) (born in Lisbon, March 23, 1956) is a Portuguese politician. ... Back side of Palazzo Montecitorio designed by architect Ernesto Basile. ... Open seat redirects here. ... is the 111th day of the year (112th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Scandiano is a town in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, administratively part of the province of Reggio Emilia. ... The Democratic Party (Partito Democratico, PD) is a proposed political party in Italy. ... Palazzo Chigi in a 17th century etching by Giuseppe Vasi The Palazzo Chigi is a palace or noble residence in Rome, overlooking the Piazza Colonna and the Corso. ... For other uses, see Rome (disambiguation). ... The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italian for Catholic University of the Sacred Heart) is a university founded in 1921. ... Alan Greenspan, former chairman, United States Federal Reserve. ... The meaning of the word professor (Latin: [1]) varies. ... Catholic Church redirects here. ... File links The following pages link to this file: Göran Persson George W. Bush Categories: NowCommons ... File links The following pages link to this file: Göran Persson George W. Bush Categories: NowCommons ... Hans Göran Persson ( ) (born January 20, 1949), was the thirty-first Prime Minister of Sweden (1996 – 2006). ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the forty-third and current President of the United States of America, originally inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ... The castle from the park The Orangerie President George W. Bush, Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson and Romano Prodi at Gunnebo Slott, Sweden, 14 June 2001 Gunnebo slott (Gunnebo Castle) is located in the northeast part of Mölndal, between Mölndal and Pixbo in Sweden. ... For other uses, see Gothenburg (disambiguation). ... is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links It-Romano_Prodi. ... is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Politics of Italy takes place in a framework of a parliamentary representative democratic republic, whereby the Prime Minister of Italy is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. ... is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In Italy, the President of the Council of Ministers (Italian: Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri) is the countrys prime minister or head of government, and occupies the fourth-most important state office. ... The Union (Italian: LUnione) is an Italian centre-left political party coalition. ... Casa delle Libertà (CDL; literally translated from Italian to English as House of the Liberties but most often translated as House of Freedoms), is a major Italian center-right political alliance led by national media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi. ...   (born September 29, 1936) is an Italian politician, entrepreneur, and media proprietor. ... A general election for the renewal of the two Chambers of the Parliament of Italy was held on April 9 and April 10, 2006. ...


Prodi previously ran in 1996 as Olive Tree candidate, winning the election and serving as Prime Minister until 1998. He then served as President of the European Commission from 1999 to 2004. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... For information about the plant for which the political party is named, see Olive. ... An early national general election was held in Italy on April 21, 1996 to elect members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the Republic. ... A prime minister is the most senior minister of cabinet in the executive branch of government in a parliamentary system. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... François-Xavier Ortoli, Romano Prodi, José Manuel Barroso and Jacques Delors The President of the European Commission is notionally the highest ranking unelected official within the European Union bureaucracy. ... Berlaymont, the Commissions seat The European Commission (formally the Commission of the European Communities) is the executive branch of the European Union. ... This article is about the year. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Since October 14, 2007, he's also the first President of the newborn Democratic Party. is the 287th day of the year (288th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Democratic Party (Partito Democratico, PD) is a proposed political party in Italy. ...

Contents

Personal

Prodi was born in Scandiano, in the province of Reggio Emilia (Emilia-Romagna). He is the eighth of nine children of Mario Prodi, an engineer originally from a peasant family, and Enrica, an elementary school teacher. He has six brothers, five of them university professors (one of whom Vittorio Prodi is also a Member of the European Parliament), and two sisters. Scandiano is a town in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, administratively part of the province of Reggio Emilia. ... The Province of Reggio Emilia is one of the eight provinces of the Italian Region of Emilia-Romagna. ... Emilia-Romagna is one of the 20 Regions of Italy. ... Vittorio Prodi Vittorio Prodi (born on 19 May 1937 in Reggio Emilia) is an Italian politician and Member of the European Parliament for North-East with the Margherita Party, part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe and sits on the European Parliaments Committee on the Environment... A Member of the European Parliament (English abbreviation MEP)[1] is a member of the European Unions directly-elected legislative body, the European Parliament. ...


Prodi, a devout Roman Catholic, married Flavia Franzoni in 1969. He was married by then-priest Camillo Ruini, now a well-known cardinal.[1][2] They have two sons, Giorgio and Antonio. He and his family still live in Bologna. Catholic Church redirects here. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Camillo Cardinal Ruini. ... For other uses, see Cardinal (disambiguation). ... For the food product, see Bologna sausage. ...


Academic career

After completing his secondary education at the Liceo Ludovico Ariosto in Reggio Emilia, Prodi graduated in law at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan in 1961, with a thesis on the role of Protectionism in the development of Italian industry. He then carried out postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics.[3] The Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italian for Catholic University of the Sacred Heart) is a university founded in 1921. ... This article is about the thesis in academia. ... Protectionism is the economic policy of restraining trade between nations, through methods such as high tariffs on imported goods, restrictive quotas, a variety of restrictive government regulations designed to discourage imports, and anti-dumping laws in an attempt to protect domestic industries in a particular nation from foreign take-over... Mascot Beaver Affiliations University of London Russell Group EUA ACU CEMS APSIA Universities UK U8 Golden Triangle G5 Group Nobel laureates 14 Website http://www. ...


In 1963, he became a teaching assistant for Beniamino Andreatta in the Department of Economics and the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Bologna, subsequently serving as associate professor (1966) and finally (1971-1999) as Professor of Industrial Organisation and Industrial Policy. Prodi has also been a visiting professor at Harvard University and a researcher at the Stanford Research Institute. His research covers mainly competition regulations and the development of small and medium businesses. He is also interested in relations between states and markets, and the dynamics of the different capitalistic models. Year 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A teaching assistant (TA) is a junior scholar employed on a temporary contract by a college or university for the purpose of assisting a professor by teaching students in recitation or discussion sessions, holding office hours, grading homework or exams, supervising labs (in science and engineering courses), and sometimes teaching... Beniamino Andreatta (Trento, August 11, 1928 - Bologna, March 26, 2007) was an Italian economist and politician. ... The Politics series Politics Portal This box:      Political Science is the field concerning the theory and practice of politics and the description and analysis of political systems and political behaviour. ... The University of Bologna (Italian: , UNIBO) is the oldest continually operating degree-granting university in the world, and the second biggest university in Italy. ... A professor is a senior teacher and researcher, usually in a college or university. ... Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA and a member of the Ivy League. ... SRI International is one of the worlds largest contract research institutions. ... A competition regulator is a government agency, typically a statutory authority, which regulates competition laws, and may sometimes also regulate consumer protection laws. ...


Prodi has received almost 20 honorary degrees from institutions in Italy, the rest of Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa. An honorary degree (Latin: honoris causa ad gradum, not to be confused with an honors degree) is an academic degree awarded to an individual as a decoration, rather than as the result of matriculating and studying for several years. ...


Politics

Beginnings

Prodi's political career began as a left-of-centre reformist Christian Democrat and a disciple of Beniamino Andreatta, another economist turned politician. During the mid-1970s he was appointed Minister of Industry. During Giulio Andreotti's government in 1978 he served as a Technical Minister; through the 1980s and early 1990s he continuously served various government committees. Christian Democracy, (Democrazia Cristiana), the Christian democratic party of Italy, commonly called the democristiani or DC, dominated government for nearly half a century until its demise amid a welter of corruption allegations in 1992-94. ... Beniamino Andreatta (Trento, August 11, 1928 - Bologna, March 26, 2007) was an Italian economist and politician. ... A minister or a secretary is a politician who heads a government ministry or department (e. ... Giulio Andreotti (born 14 January 1919 in Rome) is an Italian politician who served seven times as Prime Minister of Italy. ...


On April 2, 1978, Prodi and other teachers at the University of Bologna passed on a tip-off that revealed the whereabouts of the safe house where the kidnapped Aldo Moro, the former Prime Minister, was being held captive by the Brigate Rosse Red Brigades. Prodi claimed he had been given this tip-off by the founders of the Christian Democratic Party, contacted from beyond the grave via a séance and a Ouija board. Whilst during this supposed séance Prodi thought the word Gradoli referred to a town on the outskirts of Rome, it probably referred to the Roman address of a Red Brigades safe house, located at no. 96, Via Gradoli. Later, other Italian members of the European Commission claimed Prodi had invented this story to conceal the real source of the tip-off, which they believed to have originated somewhere among the far-left Italian political groups.[4] is the 92nd day of the year (93rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... The University of Bologna (Italian: , UNIBO) is the oldest continually operating degree-granting university in the world, and the second biggest university in Italy. ... In law enforcement and intelligence jargon of intelligence agencies and police forces, a secured location, suitable for hiding witnesses, agents or other persons perceived as being in danger. ... Aldo Moro (September 23, 1916 in Maglie – May 9, 1978 in Rome) was an Italian politician and five time Prime Minister of Italy, from 1963 to 1968, and then from 1974 to 1976. ... The Red Brigades (Brigate Rosse in Italian, often abbreviated as the BR) were a terrorist group[1] located in Italy and active during the Years of Lead. Formed in 1970, the Marxist-Leninist Red Brigades sought to create a revolutionary state through armed struggle and to separate Italy from the... Christian Democracy is a political ideology, born at the end of the 19th century, largely as a result of the papal encyclical Rerum Novarum of Pope Leo XIII, in which the Vatican recognizes workers misery and agrees that something should be done about it, in reaction to the rise of... Look up séance in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For the photographer, see Weegee. ... Country Italy Region Latium Province Province of Viterbo (VT) Mayor Elevation 470 m Area 37. ... For other uses, see Rome (disambiguation). ... Berlaymont, the Commissions seat The European Commission (formally the Commission of the European Communities) is the executive branch of the European Union. ...


From 1982-1989 and 1993-1994 Prodi, an expert economist and negotiator, was CEO of the powerful state-owned industrial holding company IRI. In this position he twice came under investigation, firstly for an alleged conflict of interest in relation to contracts awarded to his own economic research company, and secondly concerning the sale of the loss-making state-owned food conglomerate SME to the multinational Unilever, for which he had, for a time, been a paid consultant. He was fully acquitted on both counts.


Olive Tree and first cabinet (1996-1998)

See also: Italian general election, 1996 and Olive Tree

In 1995 Prodi became Leader of the centre-left Olive Tree coalition, and in the 1996 Italian general election he defeated Silvio Berlusconi and his Pole of Freedoms coalition. This led to his nomination as President of the Council of Ministers, as the position of Prime Minister is usually called in Italy. This government fell in 1998 when the Communist Refoundation Party withdrew its support. This led to the formation of a new government led by Massimo D'Alema as Prime Minister; there are those who claim that D'Alema deliberately engineered the collapse of the Prodi government so as to become Prime Minister himself (such speculations being the very stuff of Italian politics). As the result of a vote of a no confidence in Prodi's government, D'Alema's nomination was passed by a single vote. This was the first and so far, the only occasion in the history of republican Italy on which a vote of no confidence had ever been called; the Republic's many previous governments had been brought down by a majority "no" vote on some crucially important piece of legislation, such as the budget). An early national general election was held in Italy on April 21, 1996 to elect members of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate of the Republic. ... For the Italian political alliance see Olive Tree, and the color, olive (color). ... For the Italian political alliance see Olive Tree, and the color, olive (color). ...   (born September 29, 1936) is an Italian politician, entrepreneur, and media proprietor. ... Casa delle Libertà (CDL; literally translated from Italian to English as House of the Liberties but most often translated as House of Freedoms), is a major Italian center-right political alliance led by national media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi. ... The Communist Refoundation Party (Partito della Rifondazione Comunista, PRC) is an Italian reformed communist party. ... Massimo DAlema (born April 20, 1949) is an Italian politician, currently Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. ...


President of the European Commission (1999–2004)

Main article: Prodi Commission
Prodi Commission from 2004
Prodi Commission from 2004

In September 1999 Prodi, a prominent pro-European, became President of the European Commission, thanks to the support of both the Christian Democrat and the Social Democratic parties in the European Parliament. It was during Prodi's presidency, in 2002,that eleven EU member states abandoned their national currencies and adopted the Euro as their single currency; and in 2004, still during Prodi's presidency, the EU was enlarged to admit several more countries, most of them formerly part of the Soviet bloc. Prodi's mandate expired on the 18 November 2004, whereupon he returned to domestic politics. The Prodi Commission was the European Commission from 1999 to 2004. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 530 pixelsFull resolution (2464 × 1632 pixels, file size: 844 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This work is copyrighted and unlicensed. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 530 pixelsFull resolution (2464 × 1632 pixels, file size: 844 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) This work is copyrighted and unlicensed. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday Anno Domini (or the Current Era), and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... François-Xavier Ortoli, Romano Prodi, José Manuel Barroso and Jacques Delors The President of the European Commission is notionally the highest ranking unelected official within the European Union bureaucracy. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... For other uses, see Euro (disambiguation). ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Prodi's return to Italian politics and his second government

See also: Italian general election, 2006 and Prodi II Cabinet

Shortly before the end of his term as President of the European Commission, Prodi returned to national Italian politics at the helm of the centre-left coalition, The Union. A general election for the renewal of the two Chambers of the Parliament of Italy was held on April 9 and April 10, 2006. ... The Prodi II Cabinet has been the cabinet of the government of Italy since May 17, 2006. ... The Union (Italian: LUnione) is an Italian centre-left political party coalition. ...

Romano Prodi campaigning in Bari for the 2006 general election.
Romano Prodi campaigning in Bari for the 2006 general election.

Having no party of his own, in order to officially state his candidacy for the 2006 general election, Prodi agreed to participate in an apposite primary election, held on October 2005, which he won with over 70% of votes. Over four million people for the occasion went to cast a vote in the primary election. He thus led his coalition to the electoral campaign preceding the election, eventually won by a very narrow margin of 25,000 votes, and a final majority of two seats in the Senate, on April 10. Prodi's appointment was somewhat delayed, as the outgoing President of the Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, ended his mandate in May, not having enough time for the usual procedure (consultations made by the President, appointment of a Prime Minister, motion of confidence and oath of office). After the acrimonious election of Giorgio Napolitano to replace Ciampi, Prodi could proceed with his transition to government. On May 16 he was invited by Napolitano to form a government. The following day, Prodi and his cabinet were sworn in. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 800 KB) Summary Photo by Beppe Moro Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Romano Prodi Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 800 KB) Summary Photo by Beppe Moro Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Romano Prodi Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the... For other uses, see Bari (disambiguation). ... A general election for the renewal of the two Chambers of the Parliament of Italy was held on April 9 and April 10, 2006. ... A general election for the renewal of the two Chambers of the Parliament of Italy was held on April 9 and April 10, 2006. ... The Italian Senate (Italian: Senato della Repubblica, Senate of the Republic) is the upper house of the Parliament of Italy. ... Carlo Azeglio Ciampi (born 9 December 1920 in Livorno) is an Italian politician and banker who has been both Prime Minister of Italy and President of the Italian Republic. ... On May 2, 2006, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of Italy Fausto Bertinotti, in agreement with Senate Speaker Franco Marini, convened the two houses of the Italian Parliament, integrated with a number of Grand Electors appointed by the 20 Italian regions, in a common session on May 8... Giorgio Napolitano (born June 29, 1925), is an Italian politician and former lifetime senator, the eleventh and current President of the Italian Republic. ... is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Romano Prodi and his cabinet were sworn in on 17 May 2006. Prodi's cabinet drew in politicians from across his centre-left winning coalition, in addition to Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, an unelected former official of the European Central Bank with no partisan membership. is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, born July 23, 1940, is an Italian banker and a former member of the European Central Bank Executive Board. ... Headquarters Coordinates , , Established 1 January 1998 President Jean-Claude Trichet Central Bank of Austria, Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain Currency Euro ISO 4217 Code EUR Reserves €43bn directly, €338bn through the Eurosystem (including gold deposits). ...


Romano Prodi obtained the support for his cabinet on 19 May at the Senate and on 23 May at the Chamber of Deputies. Also on May 18, Prodi laid out some sense of his new foreign policy when he pledged to withdraw Italian troops from Iraq and called the Iraq war a "grave mistake that has not solved but increased the problem of security".[5] The Italian Senate (Italian: Senato della Repubblica, Senate of the Republic) is the upper house of the Parliament of Italy. ... Back side of Palazzo Montecitorio designed by architect Ernesto Basile. ... A countrys foreign policy is a set of political goals that seeks to outline how that particular country will interact with other countries of the world and, to a lesser extent, non-state actors. ... For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ...


The coalition led by Romano Prodi, thanks to the electoral law which gives the winner a sixty seat majority, can count on a good majority in the Chamber of Deputies but only on a very narrow majority in the Senate. The composition of the coalition is very varied, throwing parties of Communist inspiration like "Comunisti Italiani" (Party of Italian Communists) and "Rifondazione Comunista" (Communist Refoundation Party) together with parties of Catholic and liberal inspiration, like "Margherita" (Daisy) and "UDEUR" (Democratic Union for Europe), led by Clemente Mastella, a former member of Christian Democratic Party. Therefore, according critics, it is difficult to have a single policy in different key areas, such as economics and foreign politics (for instance, Italian military presence in Afghanistan). In his earlier months as PM, Prodi had a key role in the creation of a multinational peacekeeping force in Lebanon following the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict. This article is about communism as a form of society and as a political movement. ... Mario Clemente Mastella (born 5 February 1947 in Ceppaloni, Benevento) is an Italian politician. ... Combatants Hezbollah Amal LCP  Israel Commanders Hassan Nasrallah (Secretary General of Hezbollah) Imad Mughniyeh (Commander of Hezbollahs armed wing)[5] Dan Halutz (CoS) Moshe Kaplinsky[12] Udi Adam (Regional) Strength 600-1,000 active fighters 3,000-10,000 reservists[6] 30,000 ground troops (plus IAF & ISC)[13...


2007 crisis, resignation and reappointment

Prodi's government faced a crisis over policies in early 2007, after just 9 months of government. Three ministers in Prodi's Cabinet boycotted a vote in January to continue funding for Italian troop deployments in Afghanistan. Lawmakers approved the expansion of the US military base Caserma Ederle at the end of January, but the victory was so narrow that Deputy Prime Minister Francesco Rutelli criticised members of the coalition who had not supported the government. At around the same time, Justice Minister Clemente Mastella, of the coalition member Popular–UDEUR, said he would rather see the government fall than support its gay rights legislation.[6] Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... Caserma Ederle (Camp Ederle) is a United States Army post located in Vicenza, Italy. ... Mario Clemente Mastella (born 5 February 1947 in Ceppaloni, Benevento) is an Italian politician. ... The Popular–UDEUR (Popolari–UDEUR, UDEUR) is a small centrist political party in Italy, led by Clemente Mastella. ... The gay rights movement is a collection of loosely aligned civil rights groups, human rights groups, support groups and political activists seeking acceptance, tolerance and equality for non-heterosexual, (homosexual, bisexual), and transgender people - despite the fact that it is typically referred to as the gay rights movement, members also...


Tens of thousands of people marched in Vicenza against the expansion of Caserma Ederle, which saw the participation of some leading radical left members.[7] Harsh debates followed in the Italian Senate on February 20, 2007. Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Massimo D'Alema declared during an official visit in Ibiza, Spain that, without a majority on foreign policy affairs, the government would resign. The following day, D'Alema gave a speech at the Senate representing the government, clarifying his foreign policy and asking the Senate to vote for or against it. In spite of the fear of many senators that Prodi's defeat would return Silvio Berlusconi to power, the Senate did not approve a motion backing Prodi's government foreign policy, two votes shy of the required majority of 160.[8] Vicenza is a city in northern Italy, is the capital of the eponymous province in the Veneto region, at the northern base of the Monte Berico, straddling the Bacchiglione. ... is the 51st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Massimo DAlema (born April 20, 1949) is an Italian politician, currently Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. ... “Ebusus” redirects here. ... Palazzo Madama house of the Senate of the Republic. ...   (born September 29, 1936) is an Italian politician, entrepreneur, and media proprietor. ...


After a Government meeting on February 21, Romano Prodi tendered his resignation to the President Giorgio Napolitano, who cut short an official visit to Bologna in order to receive the Prime Minister. Prodi's spokesman indicated that he would only agree to form a new Government "if, and only if, he is guaranteed the full support of all the parties in the majority from now on."[9] On February 22, centre-left coalition party leaders backed a non-negotiable list of twelve political conditions given by Prodi as conditions of his remaining in office. President Napolitano held talks with political leaders on February 23 to decide whether to confirm Prodi's Government, ask Prodi to form a new government or call fresh elections.[10] is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Giorgio Napolitano (born June 29, 1925), is an Italian politician and former lifetime senator, the eleventh and current President of the Italian Republic. ... For the food product, see Bologna sausage. ... is the 53rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Following these talks, on February 24, President Napolitano asked Prodi to remain in office but to submit to a vote of confidence in both houses.[11][10] "I will seek a vote of confidence as soon as possible, with renewed impetus and a united and determined coalition," Prodi said after meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano.[12] On February 28, the Senate voted to grant confidence to Prodi's Government. Though facing strong opposition from the center-right coalition, the vote resulted in a 162–157 victory. He then faced a vote of confidence in the lower house on 2 March, which he won as expected with a large majority of 342–198.[13] is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Democratic Party

On October 14, 2007, following a dozen years long process of a mergin of the two main italian center-left parties (Democrats of the Left and Daisy) plus a large civic participation, the new largest center-left italian Democratic Party is born following its first primaries election. The Democrats of the Left (Democratici di Sinistra, DS) is the main Italian left-wing political party, part of the Olive Tree electoral coalition. ... Look up Daisy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Since then, Romano Prodi serves as first President of the party.


Member of the Club of Madrid[1]. [14] The Club of Madrid is an independent organization created for the purpose of promoting democracy and change in the global community. ...


See also

The European Union (EU) was created by six founding states in 1957 (following the earlier establishment by the same six states of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952) and has grown to 27 member states. ... For other uses, see Euro (disambiguation). ... The Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe, commonly referred to as the European Constitution, is an international treaty intended to create a constitution for the European Union. ... A general election for the renewal of the two Chambers of the Parliament of Italy was held on April 9 and April 10, 2006. ... The Lisbon Strategy, also known as the Lisbon Agenda or Lisbon Process, is an action and development plan for the European Union. ... The Prodi Commission was the European Commission from 1999 to 2004. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Profile: Romano Prodi. BBC News (1999-05-10). Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  2. ^ Fisher, Ian (2006-04-12). A tenuous time for Mr. Serenity. International Herald Tribune. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  3. ^ Biography of Romano Prodi (in Italian)
  4. ^ Willan, Philip (1999-08-03). Seance points to problem for Prodi. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  5. ^ Sturcke, James (2006-05-18). Prodi condemns Iraq war as 'grave mistake'. The Guardian. Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  6. ^ Rift threatens Italian coalition. BBC News (2007-02-02). Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  7. ^ Italians march in US base protest. BBC News (2007-02-17). Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  8. ^ Italian PM Prodi resigns after foreign policy defeat. CBC News (2007-02-21). Retrieved on 2007-02-25.
  9. ^ Italian PM hands in resignation. BBC News (2007-02-21). Retrieved on 2007-02-24.
  10. ^ a b Italian coalition 'to back Prodi. BBC News (2007-02-23). Retrieved on 2007-02-24.
  11. ^ Italian PM asked to resume duties. BBC News (2007-02-24). Retrieved on 2007-02-24.
  12. ^ Italy's Leader Asks Premier to Stay on. Associated Press, February 25, 2007.
  13. ^ http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/europe/03/02/italy.prodi.reut/index.html
  14. ^ (English) [http://www.clubmadrid.org The Club of Madrid is an independent organization dedicated to strengthening democracy around the world by drawing on the unique experience and resources of its Members – 66 democratic former heads of state and government.

BBC News is the department within the BBC responsible for the corporations news-gathering and production of news programmes on BBC television, radio and online. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 102nd day of the year (103rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The International Herald Tribune is a widely read English language international newspaper. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Guardian. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Guardian. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... BBC News is the department within the BBC responsible for the corporations news-gathering and production of news programmes on BBC television, radio and online. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 33rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... BBC News is the department within the BBC responsible for the corporations news-gathering and production of news programmes on BBC television, radio and online. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... CBC redirects here, as this is the most common use of the abbreviation. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... BBC News is the department within the BBC responsible for the corporations news-gathering and production of news programmes on BBC television, radio and online. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... BBC News is the department within the BBC responsible for the corporations news-gathering and production of news programmes on BBC television, radio and online. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 54th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... BBC News is the department within the BBC responsible for the corporations news-gathering and production of news programmes on BBC television, radio and online. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Associated Press, or AP, is an American news agency, the worlds largest such organization. ... is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

External links

Wikimedia Commons has media related to:
Romano Prodi
Wikinews has related news:
Prodi wins vote of confidence
  • Personal website
  • Olive Tree Coalition website
  • Official Site of the President of the European Commission - Includes a curriculum vitae, from which some of the information in this article was drawn
Political offices
Preceded by
Lamberto Dini
Prime Minister of Italy
1996 – 1998
Succeeded by
Massimo D'Alema
Preceded by
Manuel Marín
President of the European Commission
1999 - 2004
Succeeded by
José Manuel Barroso
Preceded by
Silvio Berlusconi
Prime Minister of Italy
2006 – present
Incumbent
Assembly seats
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies
2006 - present
Incumbent
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Fausto Bertinotti
President of the italian Chamber of Deputies
Italian order of precedence
Prime Minister of Italy
Succeeded by
Franco Bile
President of the italian Constitutional Court
Party political offices
Preceded by
New Party
President of the Democratic Party
2007 - present
Incumbent
Persondata
NAME Prodi, Romano
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION Politician
DATE OF BIRTH August 9, 1939
PLACE OF BIRTH Scandiano, Italy
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

  Results from FactBites:
 
Newsvine - Italian Premier Quits After Policy Loss (637 words)
Prodi was smiling in the backseat of a limousine as he left the presidential palace and made no comment to reporters.
Prodi aides did not rule out the possibility that Napolitano would ask Prodi to try to form a new government, and from first discussions among some allies, support for another Prodi government seemed to be building.
Prodi is an economist and former head of a now defunct Italian state industrial conglomerate who is generally pro-Vatican, although recent approval by his government for a proposed law to give some legal rights to same-sex and other unmarried couples angered the Catholic Church.
BBC News | Europe | Profile: Romano Prodi (839 words)
Mr Prodi may lack popular charisma - his political enemies call him "the Mortadella" after the rather bland sausage for which his city is famous - but his low-key style of government by consensus and compromise won over millions of Italians.
Romano Prodi's first taste of ministerial office was a six-month stint as industry minister in 1978-79.
Romano Prodi has held a consistent vision of what is wrong with Italy and Europe.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m