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European Parliament President David Sassoli Dies At Age 65


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Sassoli and von der Leyen were picked by EU leaders practically out of the blue, stunning themselves and the rest of the world.Even if he was often overshadowed by von der Leyen and Michel, Sassoli led an institution which has become ever more powerful over the years and has become instrumental in charting the course of the European Union in many sectors, be it the digital economy, climate or Brexit.An adroit political shaker, using his bonhomie to the hilt, he helped steer several of the most important political issues facing the EU to a successful conclusion — and none more so than the 1.8 trillion-euro pandemic recovery fund and seven-year budget.Yet his 2 1/2 years in charge was affected by both the pandemic, which often turned the European parliament into a remote digital institution where his human warmth lost impact, and his own deteriorating health.The European Parliament represents the EU’s 450 million citizens and refers to itself as “the heart of European democracy.” It has more than 700 members directly elected by its member nations.“I am deeply saddened by the terrible loss of a great European & proud Italian,” von der Leyen said on Twitter.

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