Italian politician and leader of the Democratic Party (PD) from March 2021 to March 2023, Enrico Letta was dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po in Paris from 2015 to 2021 and he is the founder of the Scuola di Politiche in Italy.
He served as Prime Minister of Italy from April 2013 to February 2014, leading a grand coalition of centre-left and centre-right parties. His whole career and thought have been shaped by a strong commitment to Europe.
He served as Minister for EU Affairs (1998-1999), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts (January-April 2000, during the second D’Alema Government), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts and Foreign Trade (2000-2001, during the second Amato Government) and as Undersecretary of State to the Prime Minister of the centre-left government led by Romano Prodi from 2006 to 2008.
Between 2001 and 2015 he was Member of the Italian Parliament, excluding between 2004 and 2006 when he was Member of the European Parliament. He also served as deputy Secretary of the Democratic Party (PD) from 2009 to 2013.
From 1993 to May 2013 he managed the independent think tank Arel, founded by Beniamino Andreatta. He was also Vice Chairman of Aspen Institute Italia, President of the Italy-Spain Dialogue Forum, and a member of the Trilateral Commission. He is the President of the Jacques Delors Institute since 2016.
He was born in Pisa (Tuscany) and he spent the first years of his life in Strasbourg. He graduated in International Law at the University of Pisa and obtained a PhD in European Union Law at the School for Advanced Studies “Sant’Anna” of Pisa.
He is the author of many books on international and economic affairs, with particular reference to EU enlargement, including: Euro sì - Morire per Maastricht (Laterza, 1997), Dialogo intorno all’Europa (with L. Caracciolo, Laterza, 2002), L’allargamento dell’Unione Europea (Il Mulino, 2003), L’Europa a Venticinque (Il Mulino, 2005), In questo momento sta nascendo un bambino (Rizzoli, 2007), Costruire una Cattedrale (Mondadori, 2009), L’Europa è finita? (with L. Caracciolo, ADD Editore 2010). And the Andare insieme, andare lontano (Mondadori, 2015), Contro Venti e Maree (Il Mulino 2017), Ho imparato (Il Mulino, 2019) and Anima e cacciavite. Per ricostruire l'Italia (Solferino, 2021).
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