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Romano Prodi

Romano Prodi (born August 9, 1939) is an |Italian politician. He earned a degree in law from the Catholic University of Milan and later studied at the London School of Economics. This began a career in Italy's academia as a professor and researcher in Economics, which included brief visiting appointments at Stanford and Harvard universities in the United States.

During the mid-1970s, he began to enter Italian politics, and was appointed Minister of Industry in 1978; he held posts on various commissions through the 1980s and early 1990s. In 1995 he became Chairman of the centre-left Ulivo[?] coalition, and in 1996 Prime Minister, a position he held until 1998.

He is currently the President of the European Commission, a post he has held since September 1999.

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