|Prime Minister of Italy|
21 October 1998 - 26 April 2000
|President||Oscar Luigi Scalfaro|
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
|President of COPASIR|
26 January 2010 - 15 March 2013
|Deputy Prime Minister of Italy|
17 May 2006 - 8 May 2008
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
17 May 2006 - 8 May 2008
|Vice-President of the Socialist International|
11 September 1996 - 7 November 1999
29 October 2003 - 29 August 2012
|President||António Guterres George Papandreou|
|Born||20 April 1949|
Rome, Lazio, Italy
|Political party||Article One (2017-present)|
Massimo D'Alema (Italian pronunciation: ['massimo da'l?:ma]; born 20 April 1949) is an Italian politician who was the 53rd Prime Minister from 1998 to 2000. Later he was Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2008. He is also a journalist and served for a time as national secretary of the Democratic Party of the Left (PDS). Sometimes media refers to him as Leader Maximo, due to his first name Massimo, but also for his dominant position in the left-wing coalitions during the Second Republic. Earlier in his career he was a member of the Italian Communist Party, and he was the first former communist to become prime minister of a NATO country and yet the only former communist prime minister of Italy.
Massimo D'Alema was born in Rome on 20 April 1949, the son of Giuseppe D'Alema, a communist politician. He is married to Linda Giuva, a professor at the University of Siena, and has two children, Giulia and Francesco. He later became a notable member of the Italian Communist Party (PCI), part of which in 1991 gave origin to the Democratic Party of the Left (PDS), and in 1998 to the Democrats of the Left (DS). In 1998, succeeding Romano Prodi, he became Prime Minister, as the leader of The Olive Tree centre-left coalition. He was the first former Communist to become prime minister of a NATO country and the first Prime Minister of Italy born after Italy became a Republic in 1946.
While D'Alema was Prime Minister, Italy took part in the NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1999. The attack was supported by Silvio Berlusconi and the centre-right opposition, but the far left strongly contested it.
In the internal life of his party, mostly during its transition from PCI to PDS, D'Alema stressed that its roots in Marxism should be renovated, with the aim to create a modern Western European social-democratic party.
D'Alema was Member of the European Parliament for Southern Italy with the Democrats of the Left, part of the Party of European Socialists group, and sat on the European Parliament's Committee on Fisheries and its Committee on Foreign Affairs, until he stood down following his election to the Italian Chamber of Deputies.
Following Romano Prodi's win in the April 2006 election, D'Alema was initially tipped to become President of the Italian Republic once the Chamber of Deputies reconvened, but D'Alema himself stepped back, endorsing the official candidate of the centre-left coalition, Giorgio Napolitano, who was elected. Immediately following the April 2006 election, he was proposed as the future President of the Chamber of Deputies. The Communist Refoundation Party, however, strongly pushed for Fausto Bertinotti to become the next President. After a couple of days of heated debate, D'Alema stepped back to prevent a fracture between political parties, an act applauded by his allies. The same month, he was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the new Prodi government. He served in those posts until 2008, when Prodi's government fell and Berlusconi's right-wing coalition prevailed in the election that followed in April 2008. D'Alema was re-elected to the Chamber of Deputies in this election as part of the recently formed Democratic Party.
While Italian Foreign Minister in the 2006-2008 Romano Prodi center-left government, Massimo D'Alema took a very pro-active diplomatic stance during the 2006 Lebanon War. Italy led negotiations with the Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni and was proposed by Israel to head the multinational peacekeeping mission Unifil, although the dangers of the mission for Italian troops sparked warnings from the center-right opposition that it could prove a "kamikaze" mission, with the peacekeepers sandwiched between Israel and the well-armed Hezbollah. D'Alema pledged Italy's willingness to enforce the United Nations resolution on Lebanon and urged other European Union member states to do the same because the stability of the Middle East should be a chief concern for Europeans.
D'Alema was briefly a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2006. Since 2003 he has been member of the scientific committee of Michel Rocard and Dominique Strauss-Kahn's association "A gauche en Europe". He still figures on the European scene; he signed the Soros letter ('As concerned Europeans') and has called for a stronger European integration.
Three year after the peace-keeping role in the 2006 Israeli-Lebanon war, D'Alema became one of the favourite candidates for the charges of president of the European Council, high representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, or secretary-general for the Council Secretariat, without being appointed.
D'Alema has been a friend of the Italian banker and Freemason Vincenzo De Bustis.
|1987||Chamber of Deputies||Lecce-Brindisi-Taranto||PCI||115,784||Elected|
|1992||Chamber of Deputies||Lecce-Brindisi-Taranto||PDS||30,819||Elected|
|1994||Chamber of Deputies||Casarano||PDS||24,018||Elected|
|1996||Chamber of Deputies||Casarano||DS||38,077||Elected|
|2001||Chamber of Deputies||Casarano||DS||38,204||Elected|
|2004||European Parliament||Southern Italy||Ulivo||836,707||Elected|
|2006||Chamber of Deputies||Apulia||Ulivo||-[a]||Elected|
|2008||Chamber of Deputies||Apulia||PD||-[a]||Elected|
|2018||Senate of the Republic||Nardò||LeU||10,552|
| Director of L'Unità
|Party political offices|
| Secretary of the Democratic Party of the Left
|New political party|| Secretary of the Democrats of the Left
Giglia Tedesco Tatò
| President of the Democrats of the Left
| Prime Minister of Italy
| Deputy Prime Minister of Italy
With Francesco Rutelli
Title next held byAngelino Alfano
| Minister of Foreign Affairs