Romano Prodi
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"Romano Prodi" is an Politics of Italy/Italian politician and statesman. He served as the Prime Minister of Italy, from 17 May 1996 to 21 October 1998 and from 17 May 2006 to 8 May 2008. He was also the List of Presidents of the European Commission/tenth President of the European Commission from 1999 to 2004.

A former professor of economics and international advisor to Goldman Sachs, Prodi ran in 1996 as lead candidate of The Olive Tree (political coalition)/The Olive Tree coalition, winning the Italian general election, 1996/general election and serving as Prime Minister of Italy until 1998. Following the victory of his coalition The Union (political coalition)/The Union over the House of Freedoms led by Silvio Berlusconi in the Italian general election, 2006/April 2006 Italian elections Prodi was in power again. On 24 January 2008, he lost a vote of confidence in the Senate house, and consequently tendered his resignation as Prime Minister to President of Italy/Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, but continued in office for almost four months for routine business, until early elections were held and a new government was formed.

Up to this time, he has been the only one lead candidate of Italian Centre-left who won elections and managed to form a government without the need of opponents' parliamentary support.

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The extremist, isolationist policies of Jean-Marie Le Pen have been rejected and crushed.

If they (European vets) should recommend it (vaccination), we should do it immediately.

I like Rome ... but I won't live there.

This (euro weakness) is only the consequence of an economic situation that is not well defined.

So when you are faced with a decision on the euro, it is not surprising that many people are confused. They still try to squeeze the euro debate into the old language. But deep down it is a matter of deciding where one's future lies. It is a matter of political will and courage.

We are taking collectively very big decisions -- for (powers of) arrest, for money laundering -- in all the chapters where we need new cooperation against terrorists.

[The Italians are particularly wary of mission creep. Alluding to] the Somalia nightmare, ... involved in never-ending fighting.

Are we all clear that we want to build something that can aspire to be a world power - not just a trading bloc, but a political entity?

In the darkest days of European history, America stood close by us and today we stand close by America, nothing will ever be the same.