He didn’t make it, David Sassoli. The President of the European Parliament, who since the 26. He was at the Aviano Cancer Center in the province of Pordenone. His longtime spokesman Roberto Cuillo brought the news. The date and place of the funeral will be announced in the next few hours.
Cuillo also announced yesterday that all official obligations of the president would be lifted. And messages of solidarity arrived immediately from all political forces and the institutions of the Union. And yesterday a message was sent from Sassoli’s Twitter account to remember Silvia Tortora, Enzo’s daughter.
Sassoli – married and father of two children – had to cancel his institutional obligations from September to the beginning of November last year because of a “bad” pneumonia caused by the Legionella bacterium, as he himself had explained in a video that was subsequently posted on Twitter about the cure.
A disease that had prevented him from doing it Chair of the plenary session in which Commission President von der Leyen gave the State of the Union address In December, Sassoli said he would not re-head the European Parliament. And next Thursday, the election of his successor for the second half of the electoral term was on the agenda.
Journalist, TV presenter, deputy director of Tg1, Sassoli entered politics in 2009 as a member of the Democratic Party. A life with two great passions: journalism and politics, especially with a European focus. An experience that culminated in the Union’s institutions with the election of President of the Strasbourg Assembly on July 3, 2019 (he was Vice-President in 2014). However, in 2013 he had attempted to delve into national politics by running in the primaries for the mayor of Rome: came before Paolo Gentiloni, but after the winner, Ignazio Marino.
Florence-born David Sassoli had moved to Rome at a young age to follow his father, a journalist (but he had remained a fan of Fiorentina). The classic high school Virgilio, then enrollment in political science, Sassoli immediately went into professional practice: The weather, the Asca agency, the Roman editors of Tag and then Rai, where he was hired in 1992. He became one of the most famous faces until his deputy management in the era of Gianni Riotta.