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Andreotti, The Moro Affair And The *Noir* Of Italian Public Life

Italy's Giulio Andreotti died this week at the age of 94. His handling of the abduction of fellow politician Aldo Moro tells us much about the seven-time prime minister.

 Giulio Andreotti in 1973
Giulio Andreotti in 1973
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ROME - The terrible letter that informed the Italian government, and in particular the Christian Democratic Party (DC), that the Moro family would refuse a state funeral and ban anyone else from taking part in the private funeral of their slain relative concluded with a powerful sentence. A sentence that remains engraved in many people’s memories: “On the life and death of Aldo Moro, history will be the judge.”

Former prime minister Aldo Moro was kidnapped in March 1978 by the Red Brigades, and the leftist terrorist group demanded an exchange of prisoners for his return. At the head of the government at the time was Giulio Andreotti, a longtime friend and political rival of Moro’s, who refused to negotiate with the terrorists.

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