Elly Schlein

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Elly Schlein
Elly Schlein daticamera 2022.jpg
Elly Schlein in 2022
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
Assumed office
13 October 2022
Vice President of Emilia-Romagna
In office
28 February 2020 – 24 October 2022
PresidentStefano Bonaccini
Preceded byRaffaele Donini
Succeeded byIrene Priolo
Member of the European Parliament
In office
1 July 2014 – 2 July 2019
ConstituencyNorth-East Italy
Personal details
Elena Ethel Schlein

(1985-05-04) 4 May 1985 (age 37)
Lugano, Switzerland
  • Italian
  • Swiss
  • American
Political partyDemocratic Party
(2013–2015; since 2022)
Other political
Possible (2015–2019)
Green Italia (since 2020)
Alma materUniversity of Bologna
  • Politician
  • film production secretary

Elena "Elly" Ethel Schlein (born 4 May 1985) is an Italian politician.


Daughter of two academics, Schlein graduated in Law at the University of Bologna in 2011, discussing a thesis on Constitutional Law.[1]

Political commitment[edit]

In 2011, Schlein was one of the founders of the association of university students known as Progrè, an association that dealt with deepening and sensitizing public opinion on issues related to migration policies and the prison reality.[2]

Former Prime Minister Romano Prodi received in support less than 100 centre-left electors and left the presidential election campaign. In April 2013, Schlein gave life to the mobilization campaign known as #OccupyPD, which opposed the formation of a grand coalition government, the Letta Cabinet.[3]

In occasion of the 2013 leadership election of the Democratic Party, Schlein gave her support to Giuseppe Civati, who ranked third.[4]

Member of the European Parliament[edit]

In February 2014, Schlein ran with the Democratic Party for a seat at the European Parliament in the North-Eastern constituency. In the 2014 European election, Schlein was elected to the European Parliament.[5]

In May 2015, she announced, through a post on Facebook, that she was leaving the Democratic Party, being in deep disagreement with the new political line of the party impressed by Secretary Matteo Renzi, and joined Possible, the party founded by Giuseppe Civati.[6]

In April 2019, Schlein announced her intention not to run for the European Parliament at the 2019 European election.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Schlein's father is Jewish;[8] her grandfather was Italian Socialist politician Agostino Viviani.[9] She is bisexual.[10]


  1. ^ "L'isola di Elly". ciwati.it. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Chi siamo | Progrè". web.archive.org. 2014-05-29. Retrieved 2022-10-04.
  3. ^ "#Occupypd, sedi di partito occupate dai giovani del Pd" [#Occupypd, party offices occupied by the youth of the Democratic Party]. Corriere della Sera (in Italian).
  4. ^ "Elly Schlein, Civati segretario per il cambiamento: 'Il PD ha sbagliato tutto dopo le primarie'" [Elly Schlein, Civati secretary for change: 'The PD got it all wrong after the primaries']. BolognaToday (in Italian). 3 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Europee, parla la civatiana Elly Schlein: "Vince il Pd, ma serve riflessione sul governo"". L'Espresso. 22 May 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Elly Schlein: "Volevo riportare Prodi nel Pd ma ora non sopporto più le troppe scelte di destra"". La Repubblica. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Schlein: "Europarlamento addio, ecco perchè non mi ricandido"". La Repubblica. 12 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Sapevi che Elly Schlein ha frequentato il DAMS? Tutto sulla giovane politica". Donna Glamour (in Italian). 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2022-10-04.
  9. ^ Salati, Di Alexia. "Il dubbio: Agostino Viviani, l'avvocato che sfidò le toghe. E perse… – Elly Schlein" (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-10-04.
  10. ^ Zincone, Vittorio (2020-02-21). "Elly Schlein, amori bisex e la politica per caso: «Ma io sognavo il cinema»". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-10-04.

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