Who was Ugo Intini, goodbye to the journalist with a passion for politics

Milanese, journalist always with a passion for politics, Ugo Intini passed away in his hometown at the age of 82after a stay of several weeks at the San Raffaele hospital. Historical exponent of the Italian Socialist PartyBettino Craxi’s trusted man, was then national director of the Italian Democratic Socialists, which merged into the reborn Italian Socialist Party in 2007.

Journalism and politics: who was Ugo Intini

A law graduate, Intini also distinguished himself as a journalist, becoming director of Avanti! and Il Lavoro of Genoa. The close collaboration with Craxi led him to hold the position of information manager, spokesperson for the Italian Socialist Party and its representative in the Socialist International. He was a member of parliament for several legislatures – from 1983 to 1994 – and, after the outbreak of the Mani Pulite investigation, he continued to serve in the PSI. He became, in those difficult years in the name of Tangentopoli, the target of Corrado Guzzanti’s biting satire. He was part of the Amato II government as undersecretary for Foreign Affairs from 2000 to 2001 and of the Prodi II government as deputy minister of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2008.

In 1994 he was among the organizers of the ‘Federation of Socialists’, which later became the ‘Liberal Socialist Movement’, which, two years later, together with the Reformist Socialist Party of Fabrizio Cicchitto and Enrico Manca, founded the Socialist Party of which he would be secretary. He later participated in the foundation of the Italian Democratic Socialists together with Enrico Boselli in 1998, where he was re-elected as a member of the Chamber in the 2001 political elections. In 2005 he returned to the political scene, among the promoters of the new radical-socialist project of ‘la Rosa nel Pugno ‘, alongside Marco Panella and Emma Bonino. In 2007 he then joined the revived Italian Socialist Party.

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