FIR is saddened by the death of EP President David Sassoli

11. Januar 2022

We were saddened to learn that the President of the European Parliament died this morning in an Italian hospital.

Sassoli was the son of a fellow member of the Italian Resistenza. He never forgot or denied these roots in his political life. We remember that in his inaugural speech after the European elections, he referred in no uncertain terms to the anti-fascist roots of a united Europe. We also did not forget that he subsequently changed his vote on the historical revisionist resolution of September 19, 2019, which he had agreed to out of factional discipline, to rejection. This showed us once again that his actions were shaped by a fundamental anti-fascist conviction.

His death is a great loss for his family, his political partners in the European Parliament and for his comrades-in-arms in the ranks of ANPI, of which he was a member.

Our sympathy goes out to them.