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Giulio Andreotti

The Honourable
Giulio Andreotti
41st Prime Minister of Italy
In office
22 July 1989 – 28 June 1992
President Francesco Cossiga
Deputy Claudio Martelli
Preceded by Ciriaco De Mita
Succeeded by Giuliano Amato
In office
29 July 1976 – 4 August 1979
President Giovanni Leone
Alessandro Pertini
Deputy Ugo La Malfa
Preceded by Aldo Moro
Succeeded by Francesco Cossiga
In office
17 February 1972 – 7 July 1973
President Giovanni Leone
Preceded by Emilio Colombo
Succeeded by Mariano Rumor
Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
4 August 1983 – 22 July 1989
Prime Minister Bettino Craxi
Amintore Fanfani
Giovanni Goria
Ciriaco de Mita
Preceded by Emilio Colombo
Succeeded by Gianni De Michelis
Minister of the Interior
In office
11 May 1978 – 13 June 1978
Preceded by Francesco Cossiga
Succeeded by Virginio Rognoni
In office
18 January 1954 – 8 February 1954
Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani
Preceded by Amintore Fanfani
Succeeded by Mario Scelba
Minister of the Budget and Planning
In office
23 November 1974 – 29 July 1976
Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Preceded by Antonio Giolitti
Succeeded by Tommaso Morlino
Minister of Defence
In office
14 March 1974 – 23 November 1974
Prime Minister Mariano Rumor
Preceded by Mario Tanassi
Succeeded by Arnaldo Forlani
In office
15 February 1959 – 23 February 1966
Prime Minister Antonio Segni
Fernando Tambroni
Amintore Fanfani
Giovanni Leone
Aldo Moro
Preceded by Antonio Segni
Succeeded by Roberto Tremelloni
Minister of Industry, Commerce and Manufacturing
In office
23 February 1966 – 12 December 1968
Prime Minister Aldo Moro
Preceded by Edgardo Lami Starnuti
Succeeded by Mario Tanassi
Minister of the Treasury
In office
1 July 1958 – 15 February 1959
Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani
Preceded by Giuseppe Medici
Succeeded by Fernando Tambroni
Minister of Finance
In office
6 July 1955 – 1 July 1958
Prime Minister Antonio Segni
Adone Zoli
Preceded by Roberto Tremelloni
Succeeded by Luigi Preti
Personal details
Born (1919-01-14)14 January 1919
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Died 6 May 2013(2013-05-06) (aged 94)
Rome, Lazio, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party DC (1942–1994)
PPI (1994–2001)
ED (2001–2002)
Independent (2002–2008)
UDC (2008–2013)[1]
Spouse(s) Livia Danese
Children Lamberto, Marilena, Stefano, Serena
Residence Rome, Italy
Alma mater University of Rome La Sapienza
Profession Politics
Religion Roman Catholicism

Giulio Andreotti OCSG, OESSH (Italian: ; 14 January 1919 – 6 May 2013) was the 41st Prime Minister of Italy and leader of the Christian Democracy party. Beginning as a protégé of Alcide De Gasperi, Andreotti achieved cabinet rank at a young age and occupied all the major offices of state over the course of a forty-year political career, being seen as a reassuring figure by the civil service, business community, and Vatican. In foreign policy, he guided Italy's European Union integration, and established closer relations with the Arab world. Admirers of Andreotti saw him as having mediated political and social contradictions, enabling the transformation of a substantially rural country into the fifth-biggest economy in the world. Critics said he had done nothing against a system of patronage that had led to pervasive corruption.

At the height of his prestige as a statesman, Andreotti was subjected to damaging criminal prosecutions. Charged with colluding with Cosa Nostra, courts found he had broken the links by the eighties, and ruled the case out of time. The most sensational allegation came from prosecutors in Perugia, who charged him with ordering the murder of a journalist. He was later definitively acquitted by the supreme court. In 2002 he was found guilty at a trial, which led to complaints that the justice system had "gone mad". Andreotti remarked "Apart from the Punic Wars, for which I was too young, I have been blamed for everything that's happened in Italy".

Andreotti served as the 41st Prime Minister of Italy from 1972 to 1973, from 1976 to 1979 and from 1989 to 1992.[2] He also served as Minister of the Interior (1954 and 1978), Defence Minister (1959–66 and 1974) and Foreign Minister (1983–89) and was a Senator for life from 1991 until his death in 2013.[2] He was also a journalist and author. Andreotti was sometimes called Divo Giulio (from Latin Divus Iulius, "Divine Julius", an epithet of Julius Caesar after his posthumous deification). During the 16th term of the Senate in 2008–13, he opted to join the parliamentary group UDC – independence.


  • Background and attributes 1
  • Career 2
    • Chamber of Deputies and government 2.1
    • Influence on culture 2.2
    • 1950s and 1960s 2.3
  • Prime Minister 3
    • Social policies 3.1
    • Business and foreign policy 3.2
    • Challenge of Communist electoral gains 3.3
    • 1980s and 1990s 3.4
    • European union negotiations 3.5
  • Later political life 4
    • Trial for Mafia association 4.1
    • Andreotti accused 4.2
    • Andreotti's absolution 4.3
    • Trial for murder 4.4
    • 2000s 4.5
  • Death and legacy 5
    • Conspiracy theories 5.1
      • Related perceptions of Andreotti 5.1.1
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8

Background and attributes

Giulio Andreotti, the youngest of three children, was born on 14 January 1919 in Rome, his father was a primary school teacher from Segni, a small town in Lazio, who died when Giulio was two. He showed some ferocity as a youth, once stubbing out a lit taper in the eye of another altar boy who was ridiculing him. His mother was described as not very affectionate, an aunt is said to have advised him to remember that few things in life are important, and never to over-dramatise difficulties. As an adult he was described as having a somewhat unusual demeanor for an Italian politician, being mild mannered and unassuming. Andreotti did not use his influence to advance his children to prominence, despite being widely considered the most powerful person in the country for decades. "See all, tolerate much, and correct one thing at a time" was a quote that emphasised what has been called his 'art of the possible' view of politics. He was known for his discretion and retentive memory, and also a sense of humour; often placing things in perspective with a sardonic quip.[2][3][4][5][6] Andreotti's personal support within the Christian Democrats was limited, but he had the ability to see where the mutual advantage for apparently conflicting interests lay, and put himself at the centre of events as mediator.[7]


Andreotti did not shine at his school and started work in a tax office while studying law at the University of Rome.[5] In 1938 while researching the papal navy in the Vatican library, he met Alcide de Gasperi who had been given sanctuary by the pope. De Gasperi asked Andreotti if he had nothing better to do with his time, inspiring him to become politically active. Speaking of De Gasperi, Andreotti said "He taught us to search for compromise, to mediate."[8] During Andreotti's studies he was member of the Federazione Universitaria Cattolica Italiana (FUCI, or Italian Catholic University Federation),[3] which was then the only Catholic university association allowed by the Fascist government. Its members included many of the future leaders of the Italian Democrazia Cristiana (or DC, the Christian Democracy party).

In July 1939, while

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Wilfrid Kent Hughes
President of Organizing Committee for Summer Olympic Games
Succeeded by
Daigoro Yasukawa
Preceded by
Amintore Fanfani
Italian Minister of the Interior
Succeeded by
Mario Scelba
Preceded by
Roberto Tremelloni
Italian Minister of Finance
Succeeded by
Luigi Preti
Preceded by
Giuseppe Medici
Italian Minister of the Treasury
Succeeded by
Fernando Tambroni
Preceded by
Antonio Segni
Italian Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Roberto Tremelloni
Preceded by
Edgardo Lami Starnuti
Italian Minister of Industry
Succeeded by
Mario Tanassi
Preceded by
Emilio Colombo
Prime Minister of Italy
Succeeded by
Mariano Rumor
Preceded by
Mario Tanassi
Italian Minister of Defence
Succeeded by
Arnaldo Forlani
Preceded by
Antonio Giolitti
Italian Minister of Budget
Succeeded by
Tommaso Morlino
Preceded by
Aldo Moro
Prime Minister of Italy
Succeeded by
Francesco Cossiga
Preceded by
Emilio Colombo
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Gianni De Michelis
Preceded by
Ciriaco de Mita
Prime Minister of Italy
Succeeded by
Giuliano Amato
Preceded by
Franco Piga
Italian Minister of Public Factories
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Guarino
Preceded by
Ferdinando Facchiano
Italian Minister of Culture
Succeeded by
Alberto Ronchey
Italian Chamber of Deputies
New parliament
Parliament re-established
Member of Parliament for Rome
Legislatures: CA, I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X

Succeeded by
Title jointly held
Italian Senate
Preceded by
Title jointly held
Italian Lifetime Senator
Legislatures: X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII

Succeeded by
Title jointly held
  • "Les procès Andreotti en Italie" ("The Andreotti trials in Italy") by Philippe Foro, published by University of Toulouse II, Groupe de recherche sur l'histoire immédiate (Study group on contemporary history) (French)
  • Il Divo a Paolo Sorrentino Film

External links

  • Giuseppe Leone, "Federico II Re di Prussia e Giulio Andreotti – Due modi diversi di concepire la politica", su "Ricorditi di me...", in "Lecco 2000", gennaio 1996. (Italian)

Further reading

  1. ^ "Gianpiero D'Alia: Greetings, Andreotti always set an example for us" (in Italian). UDC official website. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Giulio ANDREOTTI (XVII Legislatura), Dati anagrafici e incarichi" (in Italian).  
  3. ^ a b Jessup, John E. (1998). An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Conflict and Conflict Resolution, 1945–1996. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. p. 25.   – via Questia (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b c John Hooper. "John Hooper talks to the former Italian PM Giulio Andreotti about his links to the mafia". the Guardian. 
  5. ^ a b Dennis Kavanagh (1998). "Andreotti, Giulio". A Dictionary of Political Biography. Oxford University Press. p. 14. Retrieved 31 August 2013.  – via Questia (subscription required)
  6. ^ "Giulio Andreotti: Politician who dominated the Italian scene for more than half century". The Independent. 
  7. ^ a b "Giulio Andreotti". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  8. ^ All the prime minister's men, by Alexander Stille, The Independent, 24 September 1995
  9. ^ Tiziano Torresi, L'altra giovinezza. Gli universitari cattolici dal 1935 al 1940, Cittadella editrice, 2010, with a preface by Andreotti himself. (Italian)
  10. ^ Ruggero Orfei,"Andreotti", Feltrinelli, 1975. (Italian)
  11. ^ Donald Sassoon. "Giulio Andreotti obituary". the Guardian. 
  12. ^ Bordwell, David. Thompson, Kristin. 2010. Film History: An Introduction. 3rd ed. NY: McGraw Hill. p #333.
  13. ^ Messina, Dino (2 July 2009). "Caso Montesi, la talpa di Fanfani". Corriere della Sera (in Italiano). Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  14. ^ Fernando Proietti, "Morto Franco Evangelisti il camerlengo di Andreotti", Corriere della Sera, 12 November 1993, p. 15. (Italian)
  15. ^ SENATO DELLA REPUBBLICA-CAMERA DEI DEPUTATI, XII LEGISLATURA, Doc. XXXIV, n. 1, RELAZIONE DEL COMITATO PARLAMENTARE PER I SERVIZI DI INFORMAZIONE E SICUREZZA E PER IL SEGRETO DI STATO, § 4.2: "Appare credibile quanto affermato a suo tempo dall'ingegnere Francesco Siniscalchi e dai dottori Ermenegildo Benedetti e Giovanni Bricchi circa una possibile donazione di fascicoli che l'ex capo del SIFAR Giovanni Allavena avrebbe effettuato a Gelli al momento di aderire alla loggia P2 nel 1967. Negli anni successivi, inoltre, l'adesione alla loggia di pressoché tutti i principali dirigenti del SID rende più che plausibile un travaso informativo da questi ultimi a Gelli". (Italian)
  16. ^ Growth to Limits: The Western European Welfare States Since World War II Volume 4 edited by Peter Flora
  17. ^ a b c d "Giulio Andreotti". 6 May 2013. 
  18. ^ "Ex-Italian PM Giulio Andreotti dies. Prominent political figure of post-war Italy -". La Repubblica. 
  19. ^ "Giulio Andreotti". The Economist. 
  20. ^ Discorsi parlamentari di Enrico Berlinguer, Italian Chamber of Deputies, ed. M.L. Righi, 2001, p. 183. (Italian)
  21. ^ Moro, Aldo (1978). "Il Memoriale di Aldo Moro" (PDF) (in Italiano). Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  22. ^ Andreotti, Giulio. "Foreign policy in the Italian democracy". Political Science Quarterly 109 (Special Issue 1994): 529.  
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  24. ^ "Giulio Andreotti, Italian statesman". Financial Times. 
  25. ^ Rescued by Europe?: Social and Labour Market Reforms in Italy, Maurizio Ferrera, Elisabetta Gualmini p. 132-133
  26. ^ a b Follain, J., Vendetta, 2012
  27. ^ Stille, Excellent Cadavers, p. 384
  28. ^ "PrimeWire - 1Channel - LetMeWatchThis - Watch Movies Online Free - Just Added". 
  29. ^ Mirabella, Julia Grace, Scales of Justice: Assessing Italian Criminal Procedure Through the Amanda Knox Trial (January 5, 2012). Boston University International Law Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2012. footnote 151
  30. ^ Vendetta: The Mafia, Judge Falcone, and the Hunt for Justice by John Follain p124
  31. ^ "Italy Arrests Sicilian Mafia's Top Leader". 16 January 1993. 
  32. ^ Mirabella, Julia Grace, Scales of Justice: Assessing Italian Criminal Procedure Through the Amanda Knox Trial (January 5, 2012). Boston University International Law Journal, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2012.
  33. ^ Italian Politics: The Faltering Transition edited by Mark Gilbert, Gianfranco Pasquino p.130
  34. ^ a b c Stille, Excellent Cadavers, p. 392
  35. ^ "Italy Inquiry Asks Andreotti's Trial on Mofia Ties". 22 May 1994. 
  36. ^ a b "Andreotti and Mafia - A Kiss Related -". 21 April 1993. 
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  39. ^ Andreotti assolto, il caso è chiuso: non frequentava i mafiosi
  40. ^ La Cassazione: Andreotti era innocente
  41. ^ name="">Suprema Corte di Cassazione, Sezione Seconda Penale, sentenza n.49691/2004 (Presidente: G.M. Cosentino; Relatore: M. Massera) Depositata in Cancelleria il 28 dicembre 2004.
  42. ^ "La Gazzetta del". 
  43. ^ "The Andreotti Affair: Supergrasses target Andreotti". The Independent. 
  44. ^ "Andreotti Is Back in Court, This Time on Murder Charge". 12 April 1996. 
  45. ^ "ALL THE PRIME MINISTER'S MEN". The Independent. 
  46. ^ "Ex-Premier Andreotti Acquitted of Mafia Murder Conspiracy". 25 September 1999. 
  47. ^ "Court Clears Andreotti of Murder Charge". 31 October 2003. 
  48. ^ "'"Andreotti's Sentence Draws Protests About 'Justice Gone Mad. 19 November 2002. 
  49. ^ The Age Au, Andreotti fights back on Mafia allegations, November 30, 2002, By Philip Willan
  50. ^ "Giulio Andreotti". Telegraph. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  51. ^ a b "Giulio Andreotti: Ex-Italian prime minister dies". BBC News. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  52. ^ Tagliabue, John (6 May 2013). "Giulio Andreotti, Premier of Italy 7 Times, Dies at 94".  
  53. ^ "Giulio Andreotti, former Italian prime minister, dies aged 94".  
  54. ^ Gancer ,D., Nato's Secret Armies: Operation Gladio and Terrorism in Western Europe, P24
  55. ^ René Monzat, Enquêtes sur la droite extrême, Le Monde-éditions, 1992, p.89
  56. ^ Puppetmasters: The Political Use of Terrorism in Italy, p. 301
  57. ^ "The terror trail that won't grow cold: Dark forces bombed Bologna station in 1980, killing 85. At a retrial tomorrow, the victims' relatives may see justice done". The Independent. 
  58. ^ Hollywood Italians: Dagos, Palookas, Romeos, Wise Guys, and Sopranos By Peter Bondanella, p269
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Fictional characters have been influenced by his image as a Machiavellian. A rejoinder that Andreotti made in reply to an inquiry if being in power was wearing him out: "Power wears out those who don't have it" was put into the mouth of the character of a powerful Mafia-linked politician in the film The Godfather Part III.[58] He was nicknamed Belzebù (Beelzebub) or "The Devil himself" by Bettino Craxi, a political opponent who later fled Italy while sought on corruption charges. Other disparaging nicknames include "The Black Pope", and "The Hunchback" (he had a malformed spine). Although relatively tall for an Italian of his generation, cartoonists sometimes portrayed Andreotti as a hunchback dwarf lurking in the background.[59] A joke about Andreotti (originally seen in a strip by Stefano Disegni and Massimo Caviglia) had him receiving a phone call from a fellow party member, who pleaded with him to attend judge Giovanni Falcone's funeral. His friend supposedly begged: "The State must give an answer to the Mafia, and you are one of the top authorities in it!". To which a puzzled Andreotti asked: "Which one do you mean?" In 2008 Andreotti became the subject of Paolo Sorrentino's acclaimed movie Il Divo, which portrayed him in as a glib, unsympathetic figure, in whose orbit people tended to meet untimely and unnatural deaths. He reportedly lost his temper when he first saw the movie, but later joked "I'm happy for the producer. And I'd be even happier if I had a share of the takings.[4][60]

Cover of the Italian weekly Panorama featuring Andreotti.

Related perceptions of Andreotti

Andreotti was accused of participation in a variety of plots. He was alleged to be the éminence grise behind the strategy of tension aimed at precipitating a coup, as well as banking scandals and various high profile assassinations.[54][55][56][57]

Conspiracy theories

Andreotti said the opinion of others was of little consequence to him, and "In any case, a few years from now, no one will remember me."[4] He died in Rome on 6 May 2013 after suffering from respiratory problems. He was 94.[51] The BBC described him as "one of the most prominent political figures of post-war Italy".[51] The New York Times noted he had "a résumé of signal accomplishments and checkered failings that reads like a history of the republic".[52] The Mayor of Rome, Gianni Alemanno, announced the death, stating that Andreotti was ""the most representative politician" Italy had known in its recent history".[53]

Death and legacy

Corruption scandals discredited a whole generation of politicians, many of them Christian Democrats. The party vanished from the political sphere, and Andreotti joined the Italian People's Party founded by Mino Martinazzoli, abandoning it in 2001 after the creation of La Margherita. In 2006, Andreotti stood for the Presidency of the Italian Senate, obtaining 156 votes against the 165 of Franco Marini, former Labour Minister in the last Andreotti Cabinet. On 21 January 2008 he abstained from a vote in the Senate concerning Minister Massimo D'Alema's report on foreign politics. Together with the abstentions of another life senator, Sergio Pininfarina, and of two communist senators, this caused the government to lose the vote. Consequently, Prime Minister Romano Prodi resigned. On previous occasions, Andreotti had always supported Prodi's government with his vote.


Andreotti in the late 2000s.

Contemporaneously with his trial for Mafia association Andreotti was tried in Perugia with Sicilian Mafia boss Gaetano Badalamenti, Massimo Carminati and others on charges of complicity in the murder of journalist Mino Pecorelli.[43] The case was circumstantial and based on the word of Mafia turncoat Tommaso Buscetta who had not originally mentioned the allegation about Andreotti when interviewed by Giovanni Falcone and had recanted it by the time of the trial.[44][45] Andreotti was acquitted along with his co-defendants in 1999.[46] Local prosecutors successfully appealed the acquittal and there was a retrial, which in 2002 convicted Andreotti and sentenced him to 24 years imprisonment. Italians of all political allegiances denounced the conviction.[47][48] Many failed to understand how the court could convict Andreotti of orchestrating the killing, yet acquit his co-accused, who supposedly had carried out his orders by setting up and committing the murder.[49] The Italian supreme court definitively acquitted Andreotti of the murder in 2003.[17][50]

Trial for murder

In 2010 the Court of Cassation ruled that Andreotti had slandered a judge who had given testimony, by saying the self-governing body of prosecutors and judges should remove him from his position. Andreotti had said leaving the man as a judge was "like leaving a lighted fuse in the hand of a child".[42]

The Court didn't confirm that Andreotti had colluded with Cosa Nostra till the spring of 1980. The sentence: «Therefore the appealed sentence [...] has recognized the participation in the associative crime not in the reductive terms of mere availability, but in the widest and juridically significant ones of a concrete collaboration», that quotes the opinion of the Court of Appeal, is immediately followed by another sentence of the Court of Cassation: «The reconstruction of single episodes and the evaluation of their consequences was made in accordance with comments and interpretations that can also be not shared and against which other ones can be relied on". According to this opinion, the Court of Cassation definitely absolved Giulio Andreotti of all charges.[40][41]

Andreotti was completely acquitted at first instance and again on appeal to the Court of Appeals and finally on appeal to Court of Cassation in 2004. None of the accusations held up.[17][39]

Andreotti's absolution

In 1993 Andreotti stood trial in Palermo, charged with membership in a Mafia association. Prosecutors said in return for electoral support of Lima and assassination of Andreotti's enemies, he had agreed to protect the Mafia, which had expected him to fix the Maxi Trial. The defence said Andreotti had been a long-time politician of national stature, never beholden to Lima; and that far from providing protection, Andreotti had passed many tough anti-mafia laws when in government during the 80's.[33] According to Andreotti's lawyers the prosecution case was based on conjecture and inference, without any concrete proof of direct involvement by Andreotti. The defence also contended the prosecution relied on the word of mafia turncoats whose evidence had been contradictory. One such informer testified Riina and Andreotti had met and exchanged a "kiss of honour".[34][35][36][37] It emerged the informer had received a US$300,000 ‘bonus’, and committed a number of murders while in the witness protection programme.[34][36][37][38] Andreotti dismissed the allegation against him as “lies and slander … the kiss of Riina, mafia summits … scenes out of a comic horror film". [34]

Andreotti accused

Andreotti came under suspicion because his relatively small faction within the Christian Democrats included Sicilian Salvatore Lima. In Sicily, Lima cooperated with a Palermo-based Mafia, which operated below the surface of public life by using control of large numbers of votes to enable mutually beneficial relationships with local politicians. Andreotti said "But Lima never spoke to me about these things".[26] By the 80's the old low profile Mafia was overthrown by the Corleonesi, an extremely violent faction led by fugitive Salvatore Riina.[27] Whereas old Mafia bosses had been cautious about violence, Riina's targeting of anti-mafia officials proved ever more counter-productive. The 1982 murders of parliamentarian Pio La Torre and Carabinieri general Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa led to the Maxi Trial.[28] Prosecutors, who could not be disciplined or removed except by their own self-government board, the CSM, were given increased powers.[29] After the January 1992 upholding of the Maxi Trial verdicts as definitive convictions by the supreme court, Riina embarked on a renewed campaign which claimed the lives of the prosecuting magistrates, Giovanni Falcone and Paolo Borsellino and their police guards. As Riina intended, the assassination of Falcone discredited Andreotti and prevented him becoming the president of Italy, it also led to prosecutors being seen as epitomising civic virtue.[30] In January 1993 Riina was arrested in Palermo.[26][31] In the aftermath of Riina's capture there were further Mafia bomb outrages that included terror attacks on art galleries and churches, which left ten members of the public dead, and led to weakening of rules on the evidence which prosecutors could use to bring charges.[32]

Portrait of Andreotti in the early 1990s.

Trial for Mafia association

In 1992, at the end of the legislature, Andreotti resigned from premiership. The previous year, Cossiga had appointed him senator for life. Andreotti was one of the most likely candidates to succeed Cossiga as President of the Republic in 1992. He and the members of his corrente had adopted a strategy of launching his candidature only after effectively quenching all the others. The strategy was thwarted by allegations against him.

Later political life

In 1990 Andreotti was involved in getting all parties to agree to a binding timetable for the Maastricht Treaty. The deep Economic and Monetary Union of the European Union favoured by Italy was opposed by Britain's Margaret Thatcher, who wanted a system of competition between currencies. Germany had doubts about committing to the project without requiring economic reforms from Italy, which was seen as having various imbalances. As President of the European Council, Andreotti co-opted Germany by making admittance to the single market automatic once the criteria had been met, and committing to rigorous overhaul of the Italian public finances. Critics later questioned Andreotti's understanding of the obligation, or whether he had ever intended to fulfill it.[24][25]

European union negotiations

In 1983, Andreotti became Minister of Foreign Affairs in the first Cabinet of Bettino Craxi. He held this position until 1989, among other things encouraging diplomacy between the USA and the Soviet Union and improving Italian links with Arab countries. In this respect he followed a line similar to that of Craxi, with whom he had an otherwise troubled political relationship.[22] Andreotti supported Craxi's moves during the hijacking of the Achille Lauro ship. On 14 April 1986, Andreotti revealed to Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel Rahman Shalgham that the United States would bomb Libya the next day in retaliation for the Berlin disco terrorist attack which had been linked to Libya.[23] As a result of the warning from Italy – a supposed ally of the US – Libya was better prepared for the bombing. Nevertheless, on the following day Libya fired two Scuds at the Italian island of Lampedusa in retaliation. However, the missiles passed over the island, landing in the sea, and caused no damage. As Craxi's relationship with the then National Secretary of the DC, Ciriaco de Mita, was even worse, Andreotti was instrumental in the creation of the so-called "CAF triangle" (from the initials of the surnames of Craxi, Andreotti and another DC leader, Arnaldo Forlani) opposing De Mita's power. In 1989, when De Mita's government fell, Andreotti was called to succeed him.

1980s and 1990s

During the kidnapping of Moro, Andreotti refused any negotiation with the terrorists. Moro, during his imprisonment, wrote a statement expressing very harsh judgements against Andreotti.[21] Moro was killed by the Red Brigades in May 1978. After his death, Andreotti continued as Prime Minister of the "National Solidarity" government with the support of the PCI. Laws approved during his tenure include the reform of the Italian National Health Service. However, when the PCI asked to participate more directly in the government, Andreotti refused, and the government was dissolved in June 1979. Due also to conflict with Bettino Craxi, secretary of the Italian Socialist Party (PSI), the other main party in Italy at the time, Andreotti did not hold any further government position until 1983.

In March 1978, the crisis was overcome by the intervention of Moro, who proposed a new cabinet, again formed only by DC politicians, but this time with positive confidence votes from the other parties, including the PCI. This cabinet was also chaired by Andreotti, and was formed on 16 March 1978, the day on which Aldo Moro was kidnapped by the left wing terrorist group the Red Brigades. The dramatic situation which followed brought PCI to vote for Andreotti's cabinet for the sake of what was called "national solidarity", despite its refusal to accept several previous requests.[20]

Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti (far left) with G7 leaders in Bonn, 1978.

In 1976, the Italian Socialist Party left the centre-left government of Aldo Moro. The ensuing elections saw the growth of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) and the DC kept only a minimal advantage as the relative majority party in Italy, which was then suffering from an economic crisis and from terrorism. After the success of his party, PCI secretary Enrico Berlinguer approached DC's left-leaning leaders, Moro and Fanfani, with a proposal to bring forward the so-called "historic compromise", a political pact proposed by Moro which would see a government coalition between DC and PCI for the first time. Andreotti, known as an anti-communist, was called in to lead the first experiment in that direction: his new cabinet, formed in July 1976, included only members of his own Christian Democrat party but had the indirect support of the communists. In 1977 Andreotti dealt with an economic crisis by criticising the luxury lifestyle of many Italians and pushing through tough austerity measures. This cabinet fell in January 1978.

Challenge of Communist electoral gains

In 1972 he paid an official visit to the Soviet Union, the first by an Italian premier for more than a decade. From 1974 to 1976, Andreotti served as minister of foreign affairs. During his tenure, Italy opened and developed diplomatic and economic relationships with Arab countries of the Mediterranean Basin, and supported business and trade between Italy and Soviet Union.

Andreotti with Richard Nixon, 1973.

Business and foreign policy

A devout Catholic, Andreotti was on close terms with six successive pontiffs. He gave the Vatican unsolicited advice on occasion, and was often heeded. He updated the relationship of Roman Catholicism to the Italian state in an accord he presented to parliament. It put the country on a more secular basis: abolishing Roman Catholicism as the state religion, making religious instruction in public schools optional, and having the Church accept Italy's divorce law. In May 1978 he signed a law making abortion legal.[18] The accord passed in 1984.[17][19]

Andeotti's approach owed little to a belief that market mechanisms could be left to work without interference. He used price controls on essential food stuffs and various social reforms to reach an understanding with organised labour. A law of 11 August 1972 extending health insurance to citizens over the age of 65 in receipt of a social pension. A law of 30 June 1973 extended cost of living indexation to the social pension. A Land Use law of 28 January 1977 introduced severe constraints on construction, such as new criteria for land expropriations and new planning procedures. A Fair Rent Law of 27 July 1978 completed state control of rents with general rules for rent levels and terms of leases. A law of 5 August 1978 introduced a ten-year housing plan, with the state making funds available to regions for public housing and subsidies for private housing. A law of 16 February 1977 introduced ad hoc upgrading of cash benefits for the agricultural sector. In November 1977, pension linkage to the industrial wage was extended to all other pension schemes not administered by INPS. A law of 16 February 1977 extended family allowances to agricultural part-time workers.[16] As premier, Andeotti's urging of fellow leaders in the European Community was influential in the creation of an EU Regional Development Fund, which the south of Italy was to greatly benefit from.[17]

Giulio Andreotti (left), with US President Richard Nixon and singer Frank Sinatra at the White House, 1973.

Social policies

In 1972, Andreotti's first term as Prime Minister began a period when he was often seen as the eminence grise of governments even when not actually premier. He occupied the post of prime minister in two consecutive centre-right cabinets in 1972 and in 1973, as well as important positions in subsequent governments.

Prime Minister

On 20 November 1958 Andreotti, then minister of treasury, was appointed president of the organizing committee of the 1960 Summer Olympics to be held in Rome. In the early 1960s Andreotti was Minister of Defence, and was informal leader of the right wing Christian Democratic opposition to Moro’s strategy. In this period the revelation that dossiers on virtually every public figure in the country had been compiled by the secret service resulted in the SIFAR affair. Andreotti ordered the destruction of the dossiers.[15] In 1968, Andreotti was named speaker of the parliamentary group of the DC, a position he held until 1972.

In 1954, Andreotti became minister of the interior. Later he was finance Minister, In the same period, Andreotti started to form a corrente (unofficial political association) within DC, which was then the largest party in Italy. His corrente was supported by the Roman Catholic right wing. It started its activity with a press campaign accusing Piero Piccioni, son of the deputy national secretary of the DC, Attilio Piccioni, of the murder of fashion model Wilma Montesi at Torvaianica.[13] After eliminating De Gasperi's old followers in the DC National Council, Andreotti helped another newly formed corrente, the Dorotei, to oust Amintore Fanfani, who was on the left of the party, as Prime Minister of Italy and National Secretary of the DC.[14]

Andreotti (on the left) in 1950s.

1950s and 1960s

As the state undersecretary in charge of entertainment in 1949, Andreotti established import limits, screen quotas, and provided loans to Italian production firms. The measures were aimed at preventing American productions dominating the market against Neorealist films, a genre which exhibitors complained lacked stars and was held in low esteem by the public. As he phrased it there were to be 'Less rags, more legs'. Raunchy comedies and historical dramas with voluptuous toga-clad actresses became the staple of the Italian film industry. To ensure that state funds were not used to prop up commercially unsustainable films the screenplays were vetted, thereby creating a form of preproduction censorship. It was intended that Italian studios use part of their profits for high quality films.[11] However, Vittorio de Sica's Umberto D, which depicted the lonely life of a retired man, could only strike government officials as a dangerous throwback, due to the opening scene featuring police breaking up a demonstration of old pensioners and the ending scene featuring Umberto's aborted suicide attempt. In a public letter to De Sica, Andreotti castigated him for his "wretched service to his fatherland." [12]

Influence on culture

Andreotti began his government career in 1947, when he became undersecretary to the President of the Council of Ministers in the cabinet of his patron De Gasperi, who reputedly said Andreotti was 'so capable in everything that he could become capable of anything'. Andreotti had wider ranging responsibilities than many full ministers which caused some envy.

In 1946, Andreotti was elected to the Assemblea Costituente, the provisional parliament which had the task of writing the new Italian constitution. His election was supported by Alcide De Gasperi, founder of the modern DC, whose assistant Andreotti became. In 1948, he was elected to the newly formed Chamber of Deputies to represent the constituency of Rome-Latina-Viterbo-Frosinone, which remained his stronghold until the 1990s.

Chamber of Deputies and government


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