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Italy’s baby Blair

Beppe Severgnini talks to Walter Veltroni, the man who wants to turn Italy's ex-communist party into an American-style democraticc party

By Beppe Severgnini   April 1996

Walter Veltroni attracts comparisons. He has been described as a Mediterranean Tony Blair, an Italian Clinton and a 1990s Robert Kennedy-his political idol. Officially, Veltroni is a double “number two”: he is Romano Prodi’s deputy in the Italian centre left coalition (Ulivo) and Massimo D’Alema’s right hand man in the post-communist Democratic Party of the Left (PDS), the largest party in the coalition. In both cases, Veltroni’s immediate future will be decided on April 21st, when Italy holds its third general election in four years. But irrespective of their political beliefs most Italians agree that 40-year-old Veltroni is the best…

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