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 Emilio Colombo

In office
6 August 1970 – 17 February 1972
President Giuseppe Saragat
Giovanni Leone
Preceded by Mariano Rumor
Succeeded by Giulio Andreotti

In office
1 August 1992 – 28 April 1993
Prime Minister Giuliano Amato
Preceded by Giuliano Amato
Succeeded by Beniamino Andreatta
In office
4 April 1980 – 4 August 1983
Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani
Giovanni Spadolini
Amintore Fanfani
Preceded by Attilio Ruffini
Succeeded by Giulio Andreotti

Assumed office 
4 February 2003
Constituency New Constituency

Born 11 April 1920 (1920-04-11) (age 89)
Potenza, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Christian Democracy

Emilio Colombo (born 11 April 1920[1]) is an Italian diplomat and politician. In addition to having held top positions in Italian governments, he was also active in European politics.


Born in Potenza, Basilicata,[1] Colombo entered politics as a member of the Christian Democratic Party. Having held several cabinet posts, he was Prime Minister of Italy from 1970 until his resignation in 1972. Later he became President of the European Parliament (occupying that office from 1977 until 1979) and Foreign Minister of Italy (from 1980 until 1983, and again from 1992 until 1993). A decade after he last held that position, President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi bestowed Italy's highest political honour on him, by nominating him Senator for life.

Shortly after this, in November 2003, Colombo made headlines once again. To widespread astonishment, he admitted to have used cocaine (for "therapeutic purposes") over a 12- to 18-month period, and to be a homosexual.[2][3]


Political offices
Preceded by
Mariano Rumor
Prime Minister of Italy
Succeeded by
Giulio Andreotti
Preceded by
Oronzo Reale
Italian Minister of Justice
Succeeded by
Guido Gonnella
Preceded by
Georges Spénale
President of the European Parliament
Succeeded by
Simone Veil
Preceded by
Attilio Ruffini
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Giulio Andreotti
Preceded by
Giuliano Amato
Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Beniamino Andreatta

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