Giuseppe Tatarella

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 6364)
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

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. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Anne Hanley (11 February 1999). "Obituary: Giuseppe Tatarella". The Independent. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Sketches of five National Alliance Ministers in Italy's 53rd postwar government". Associated Press. 11 May 1994. Retrieved 27 February 2013.
  3. 1 2 3 4 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. 1 2 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. 1 2 "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.
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