Paolo Gentiloni Silveri is 62 and is married to Emanuela Mauro. He graduated in political sciences. His family background goes back to a noble Marche family, which has to its credit the famous 1913 “Gentiloni Pact” (the secret deal wanted by Giovanni Giolitti and Count Ottorino Gentiloni between Catholics and liberals against the Italian Socialist Party).
The Minister of Foreign Affairs must have appreciated the appeal in favor of Yes in the constitutional referendum signed by a group of former militants of 1968.
Many of those who promoted it were former members of the Workers Movement for Socialism (acronym in Italian Mls, a former Student Movement) led by Mario Capanna, Salvatore Toscano and Luca Cafiero who in the Seventies had his own rally point in Milan.
Actually, Gentiloni made his political apprenticeship in that organization, after a period of Catholic education and demonstrations at Liceo Tasso, a school which was one of the centers of protest in Rome in the ’68.
In 1980, when the Mls and the Pdup began their merger, Gentiloni landed in the newsroom of the magazine Pace e Guerra [Peace and War], which was a monthly publication under the Centro per l’Unità di Sinistra, the Center for the Unity of the Left, promoted by Lucio Magri and Claudio Napoleoni. It evolved later into a weekly directed by Michelangelo Notarianni.