L’ultimo saluto a Sassoli, oggi i funerali di Stato – Politica

The last farewell to David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament who passed away in recent days. At 12 state funerals in the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli with the highest positions in the state and the heads of the Commission and the Council of the European Union von der Leyen and Michel. Yesterday there was a continuous crowd in the funeral parlour at the Capitol. Draghi on Monday in Strasbourg to commemorate the plenary session of the European Parliament.

Colleagues from his life as a journalist, those with whom he shared his political life until the presidency of the European Parliament, and then many ordinary people. Yesterday some 4,000 people paid homage to David Sassoli in the funeral parlour set up in the Capitol, with Bach’s sacred music in the background and in the air a general emotion for the disappearance of a person who “is an example of the political class – in the words of Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, President of CEI -.” Peace, solidarity and openness to Others, all brothers, this was the program of his life.” As the funeral home was about to close in Rome, in Brest, northwest France, European diplomat Sassoli remembered a minute’s silence at the head of EU foreign ministers, as Luigi Di Maio emphasized the “enormous void” left by this disappearance. A memorial is scheduled for Monday afternoon in Strasbourg, at the plenary session of the European Parliament, in which Prime Minister Mario Draghi should also take part.

Today there will be the highest European offices, as well as the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella, at the state funeral at noon in the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri (300 guests inside, large screen outside). Meanwhile, the widow of Sassoli and her two children were comforted by the feelings and thoughts of family, friends and many who met the politician and journalist during his career, who died at 66 on the night between Monday and Tuesday.

Tight hugs, of those which pestilence has made rare, are a mild balm for mourning agony. The tears that wet the masks. Flowers were deposited near the crowns of many flowers, from those of the institutions to those sent by Nancy Pelosi. Even some selfies are in the queue, stigmatized by a wave of criticism on social media that also affects the photos published by Enrico Letta and Giuseppe Conte, while meditating in front of the coffin. Draghi and Mattarella were among the first to arrive at the funeral parlour. Then the Minister of Culture, Dario Franceschini, who, together with Sassoli, was one of the “Zack’s boys”, Gilles Zacgeneni from the capital, who persuaded his friend first to enter politics and then in 2009 as Secretary of the Democratic Party, to run for the European Parliament. Sit-ins of honor from former RAI colleagues, Democratic Party leaders, MEPs, and those who until a few days ago worked closely with Sassoli in the European Parliament, starting with the Maltese Roberta Mitsula, the vice president who has been appointed interim presidency.

In front of the sarcophagus and a smiling portrait of Sassoli with the EU flag behind him, an eight-hour continuous line of ministers, authorities and politicians from every party, from Giorgia Meloni (“He was loyal, he respected his opponents, I’ll miss him”) to Antonio Tajani, passing by Gianni Letta, in He was received by the Mayor of Rome, Roberto Gualtieri. Then he faces the mayors of Anci, Rai such as Monica Maggioni, Bianca Berlinguer and Bruno Vespa. And also many ordinary people and friends: the adjectives enlightening, the always kind, the most recurring adjectives. Backed by Stick and her sister, Lucia Tomasetti, 91, she also introduced herself, a veteran of the July 19, 1943 bombing of San Lorenzo, Rome’s first Allies in World War II. “We met him at a celebration – the sisters said after hugging with the Sassoli family – we will miss him and the whole country. We felt protected with him in Europe.”

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