Those who know Enrico Letta perceive him to be a competent and upright person. He is a man of great intellectual integrity, naturally inclusive, intuitively strategic, perhaps not a rebel rouser (but that was never his intention), but someone who knows how to listen, a very rare quality among politicians. I’ve seen him change his mind without ideological or conceptual constraints when he recognises a better path, though he never compromised on his one clear objective: a united Europe. He sees it as a union of cultures and traditions, combined in a multi-ethnic society based on tolerance and solidarity, the motor of a continental economy that can’t help but carry weight on the international stage.

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