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Giuliano Ferrara

Giuliano Ferrara
Giuliano Ferrara in Florence (right)
Born Giuliano Ferrara
(1952-01-07) 7 January 1952
Rome, Italy
Political party Italian Communist Party (1973-1989) Italian Socialist Party (1989-1994) Forza Italia (1994-2008)
Independent (2008-present)
Spouse(s) Anselma Dell'Olio (1987-present)

Giuliano Ferrara (born in Rome on January 7, 1952) is an Italian politician, journalist, founding editor of Il Foglio, and TV presenter.

After active membership in the Italian Communist Party and later the Italian Socialist Party, in the 1990s he became a supporter of Forza Italia Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Life and career

Ferrara came from a family of Communists: his father Maurizio was a communist senator. Ferrara was active in the Italian Communist Party during his twenties. In 1982, he broke with the party and became vocal as an ex-Communist. Influenced by the political philosopher Leo Strauss, he initially gravitated toward socialism, but later moved toward social conservatism. He was in the Berlusconi I Cabinet and founded the newspaper Il Foglio.

In 2008 he ran in the Italian general election on a platform favoring a moratorium on abortion, as a "devout atheist" and part of a theoconservative Italian political current of which he's one of the most prominent leaders. He also has expressed admiration for Pope Benedict XVI. These views might seem surprising, as he is an atheist and, during his Communist period, by his own acknowledgment three of his partners had abortions.[1]

He is married with writer Anselma Dell'Olio, who fought for woman's rights in the feminist movements during the 1960s and 1970s.

Legal Problems

In 2003, Antonio Tabucchi, an Italian writer, wrote an article about bad facts about Giuliano Ferrara for the French newspaper Le Monde, but the article was never published because Giuliano Ferrara interfered with them publishing it on its own newspaper Il Foglio. He then said that he was happy to have reached the goal to get that article before Le Monde newspaper. He was condemned for unauthorized publishing and for copyright infrangement.[2]

Political positions


In 1989 Ferrara used the pages of Corriere della Sera to criticize what he perceived as a decline in male responsibility following the introduction of the first abortion pills.[3]

Europe's Christian roots

Ferrara agrees with the Catholic Church regarding the defense of the Judeo-Christian roots of Europe.


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  • PanoramaArticles written on (Italian)
Assembly seats
Preceded by
Member of the European Parliament for Italy
Succeeded by
Government offices
Preceded by
Paolo Barile
Italian Minister for Parliament
Succeeded by
Guglielmo Negri
Media offices
Preceded by
Andrea Monti
Editor in chief of Panorama
Succeeded by
Roberto Briglia
New title Editor in chief of Il Foglio
since 1996
New title Host of Otto e mezzo
Succeeded by
Lilli Gruber
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