David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, dies at 65. A journalist, the face of the television news, who becomes a central figure in European politics. Pd MEP David Sassoli, candidate of the Socialists & Democrats group, was elected on 3 July 2019 on the second vote with 345 votes, against the required required majority of 334 votes. The announcement was made by the outgoing president of the Eurochamber in Strasbourg, Antonio Tajani. His mandate lasted two years: he was in fact destined to be replaced by the German Manfred Weber.
Florentine, married, two children, purple fan, Sassoli started working very young as a journalist collaborating with small newspapers and press agencies, then moving on to the Roman editorial office of the newspaper Il Giorno, where for seven years he followed political and news events. It arrives on the news in 1992 as news reporter for Tg3. Subsequently he worked on other information programs on Rai Uno and Rai Due, before joining, in 1999, the editorial staff of TG1, as a special correspondent. Over the next ten years he leads the main editions of the newscast. In 2007 he was deputy director of TG1 and in charge of the in-depth programs “TV7 ″ and“ Speciale TG1 ″.
Thirteen years ago, the transition to politics. On 7 June 2009 Sassoli was elected MEP of the Democratic Party with over 400,000 preferences. In 2012, a candidate in the French quota, he ran for the seat of mayor of Rome, after five years of center-right government. The mission fails: Sassoli arrives behind the surgeon Ignazio Marino, but overtakes Paolo Gentiloni, who five years later will become prime minister. In the 2009-2014 legislature he held the position of head of delegation of the Democratic Party. In 2014 he ran for the European elections in the district of the Center and obtained over 200,000 preferences (60,000 in Rome alone). On 1 July of the same year he was elected Vice-President of the European Parliament with 393 votes resulting in the second most voted in PD-PSE share with responsibility for Mediterranean politics, the budget and real estate. As a member of the Transport and Tourism Commission, he is rapporteur for the European railway reform (IV Railway Package) and for the Single European Sky. The third election to the European parliament arrives on 26 May: Sassoli gets 128,533 preferences. Today the election to the presidency.
Only the Democratic Party, among the Italian parties, voted for it. Forza Italia abstained. The League and Fdi voted for Jan Zahradil (Ecr Conservatives). The 5 Star Movement, on the other hand, left freedom of conscience. Europe needs “to recover the spirit of the founding fathers”, he stressed in his speech at the newly elected plenary. A message addressed to the MEPs, but also and above all to the protagonists of his country’s politics, who did not support him in this match.