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Italy, Europe and the Left: Conversation with Massimo D'Alema, Prime Minister of Italy (October 1998 to April 2000), President of the Democrats of the Left, and President of the cultural political foundation Italanianieuropei: 6/11/02 by Harry Kreisler

Vedi anche l'intervista con D'Alema in Italiano.

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Massimo D'Alema who is the former Prime Minister of Italy and presently president of the cultural political foundation Italanianieuropei [Italians-Europeans]. In December of 2000, he was elected president of his party, the Democrats of the Left.

  1. Background ... influence of parents ... impact of the sixties ... invasion of Prague ... involvement with the Italian Communist Party ... education
  2. Being in Politics ... qualities of a politician ... uniqueness of the Italian Communist Party ... transformation of the party
  3. The European Left ... agenda for reform ... the Italian political crisis ... need to rethink program ... importance of the European project ... appealing to young voters ... challenges posed by the European Right ... what the U.S. and Europe can learn from each other ... new ideas needed to navigate globalization ... the Right plays on the fears and insecurities of globalization
  4. Lessons Learned ... a common foreign policy for Europe ... courage and politics ... advice to students ... the adventure of politics and the need for principles

Vanna Gonzales served as translator for this interview, which was conducted in English and Italian.

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