Giuseppe Tatarella

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Giuseppe Tatarella
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
10 May 1994 – 1995
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi
Personal details
Born 1935
Cerignola, Apulia, Italy
Died 8 February 1999 (aged 63–64)
Turin, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Italian Social Movement
National Alliance

Giuseppe Tatarella (1935 – 8 February 1999) was a neo-fascist Italian politician who served as deputy prime minister in the first cabinet of Silvio Berlusconi from 1994 to 1995.

Early life and education[edit]

Tatarella was born in Cerignola, Apulia, in 1935.[1][2] He held a law degree.[2]


Tatarella was a lawyer and journalist.[3] He worked for the local branches of neo-fascist Italian Social Movement party, which was launched by Benito Mussolini's followers in 1946 based on his strong nationalistic ideals.[2][3] In the 1960s he launched the weekly Puglia D'Oggi (meaning Puglia Today in English).[1] In 1970, he became a member of the Puglia regional council.[1] In 1979, he was first elected to the parliament and retained his seat until 1999.[1][2] He served as floor leader of the AN at the parliament for a long time.[4]

Then he became a senior member of the neo-fascist National Alliance (AN) that was established in January 1994.[3][5] The party was the continuation of the Italian Social Movement.[3] In 1996, he took over the Il Roma, Naples-based daily, and served as its editor until 1999.[1]

He was appointed deputy prime minister to the first cabinet of Silvio Berlusconi, which was the first right-wing and 53rd cabinet of Italy after World War II, on 10 May 1994.[6][7] He also served as the minister for posts and telecommunications in the same cabinet[8] and was one of four AN members in the cabinet.[9] However, only his appointment was considered to be significant.[10] He was in office until 1995. Tatarella also won his seat from Bari in the elections held on 22 April 1996.[11] In January 1997, he was named as the head of a parliamentary subcommittee, named "form of government".[12] It was one of four subcommittees that constituted a bicameral committee of parliament set up to discuss the institutional reorganization of Italy.[12]


Although Tatarella was described and viewed as a fascist, he never admitted it and stated "I am a nationalist, a Catholic and a democrat."[1]


Tatarella died of a heart attack at a hospital in Turin at age 63 on 8 February 1999.[13][14] A funeral service was performed for him in Bari.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Anne Hanley (11 February 1999). "Obituary: Giuseppe Tatarella". The Independent. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Sketches of five National Alliance Ministers in Italy's 53rd postwar government". Associated Press. 11 May 1994. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Peggy Polk (14 May 1994). "New Italy Leaders Prefer`Post-fascist' Label". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Patricia Clough (11 May 1994). "Berlusconi hands top posts to the neo-Fascists". The Independent. Rome. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Alan Cowell (21 December 1994). "Italian Leader In Showdown With Ex-Ally". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  6. ^ William D. Montalbano (11 May 1994). "Italian Premier Forms Rightist Government". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "List of ministers in Italy's 53rd postwar government". Associated Press. 10 May 1994. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Stephen Gundle; Simon Parker (1996). The New Italian Republic: From the Fall of the Berlin Wall to Berlusconi. Routledge. p. 156. ISBN 978-0-415-12162-0. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Elisabetta De Giorgi; Francesco Marangoni (2009). "The First Year of Berlusconi's Fourth Government: Formation, Characteristics and Activities" (PDF). Bulletin of Italian Politics. 1 (1): 87–109. 
  10. ^ Carlo Ruzza, Stefano Fella. Re-incenting the Italian Right: Territorial politics, populism and 'post-fascism'. Routledge. p. 245. ISBN 978-1-134-28634-8. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Italy". Psephos. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Mark Gilbert (1998). "Transforming Italy's institutions? The bicameral committee on institutional reform". Modern Italy. 3 (1): 49–66. doi:10.1080/13532949808454791. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "Giuseppe Tatarella, 63, Italian Political Activist". Sun Sentinel. Rome. 10 February 1999. Retrieved 27 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Deaths elsewhere". The Baltimore Sun. 10 February 1999. Retrieved 27 February 2013.