Emma Bonino

Emma Bonino is one of Italy’s most senior and respected politicians who is currently a Senator for Rome and Vice-Chair of the Italian Senate, having led Piu-Europa (More Europe), a liberal European federalist party list in the 2018 Italian general election. First elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies in 1976, she has served either in the Italian or in the European Parliament continuously since then, except between 1994 and 1999 when she was appointed European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Fisheries, Consumer Policy, Consumer Health Protection and Food Safety. She served as Italy’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2014, having previously served as Minister for International Trade and European Affairs from 2006 to 2008. Throughout her political career she has been a leading member of the Radicals, a political party which describes itself “liberale, liberista e libertario” (where liberista denotes economic liberalism and libertario a form of cultural liberalism on moral issues). She graduated in modern languages and literature from Bocconi University in Milan in 1972.

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