David Maria Sassoli (Florence, May 30, 1956 - Aviano, January 11, 2022) was an Italian politician, journalist, and television presenter.
European Parliamentary Representative for the Italian Democratic Party during the 2009-2014 legislature, he was elected head of the PD delegation within the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. Re-elected in the 2014 and 2019 European elections, he was elected Vice-President of the European Parliament on 18 January 2014, a position he held until 3 July 2019 when he became President of the European Parliament until his death on 11 January 2022.
David Sassoli was born in 1956 in Florence into a middle-class Tuscan family with a Christian Democrat tradition. He grew up in Rome where his father, Domenico Sassoli, was the director of the newspapers Il Popolo and La Discussione. A graduate of the Faculty of Political Science Cesare Alfieri of the University of Florence, Sassoli began his journalistic career working in small newspapers and news agencies, before reaching the editorial office of the newspaper Il Giorno in Rome. For seven years he distinguished himself by following major political events.
He later began a teleperiodic career in 1992, as a special envoy of Tg3. During that period he collaborated with Michele Santoro on the programs Il rosso e il nero and Tempo reale. In 1996, he directed La cronaca in diretta.
President of the European Parliament
In the 2019 European Parliament elections in Italy, Sassoli was re-elected to the European Parliament with 128,533 votes. On July 2, 2019, he was nominated by the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) as the new President of the European Parliament. The next day, Sassoli was elected president by the assembly with 345 votes in favor, succeeding Antonio Tajani. He is the seventh Italian to hold the post.
In his acceptance speech, Sassoli spoke of the European project as a dream of peace and democracy. He said that European citizens showed that they still believed in the project and spoke of being proud of European diversity. He also added that "Europe will be stronger only with a Parliament that has a more important role to play." attending one of the sites of the 2016 Brussels bombings to commemorate the victims at the Maalbeek / Maelbeek metro station. He said: "We must pay tribute to the victims in the European capital. We must commemorate the European citizens who were the victims of these attacks. This is a tribute to all the victims of terrorism. I wanted to start my stage as on December 19, 2019, Sassoli demanded the release of Oriol Junqueras, former vice president of Catalonia and newly elected MEP, who was imprisoned after the Spanish constitutional crisis of 2017. As a Member of Parliament in the European Parliament, Junqueras enjoys parliamentary immunity. Sassoli urged the Spanish authorities to comply with the ruling of the European Parliament. In June 2020 he signed the international call for the so-called purple economy ("Towards a cultural renaissance of the economy"), published in Corriere della Sera , El País and Le Monde. In April 2021, Sassoli was included in a list of eight civil servants whom the Russian Foreign Ministry banned from entering the country in retaliation for EU sanctions. European to the Russians.
In September 2021 he was hospitalized in Strasbourg for a serious case of pneumonia. The illness made him unable to perform his duties for more than two months, including the loss of the speech of the state of the European Union. On December 26, 2021, it was