The politician is also a human being
The Italian politician has been the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy since 1 November 2014. She has graduated from Rome’s Sapienza University with a degree in Political Science; later on, she spent a year with a fellowship in the United States. Her political carrier started in 2008; since that, she has been Member of the Italian Parliament and of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. In 2013-2014, she was the Head of the Italian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and between 21 February and 31 October 2014, she was the Minister of Foreign Affairs and international Cooperation of Italy. I could continue with the list of her memberships and political successes for some length, but let’s not continue with the dry facts for now. Let’s have a look at the interesting hidden things of her life instead!
Call Centre, Erasmus, blog posts
With little luck, many of us could be Federica Mogherini. She does not have a traditional politician family, she writes a blog, her passion is travelling and she enjoys reading detective novels. Beside her university studies, she was working hard, and she also used the opportunities of the Erasmus program.
She has a family with two children and was born in 1973, so being in high position as young is an extraordinary success story. Thanks to her Erasmus studies in France, she speaks fluent English and French; furthermore, her Spanish is also pretty good. Although she is an educated, serious politician, her family is very colourful. Her father was a famous set designer and film director. Her family is not very rich, therefore, as it is written in her blog, after graduation from high school, she was working at a Call Centre to be able to pay the university.
In the early 1990s, she took part in campaigns against racism and xenophobia; moreover, she also worked as a volunteer at a cultural association. She had excellent grades at the university and discovered her passion for politics in these years. Finally, she became the youngest Italian Foreign Minister of the history. In Italy, where people get no respect in politics unless they are 100 years old, she has proved people wrong. Now it is Europe’s turn. A well-known newspaper wrote about her that she is a rising star in Italian politics, who will help to shake up the European 'gentleman’s club'.
Young and inexperienced?
Everything sounds like a real success story. However, the representative receives much criticism because of her age and lack of high-level experience. Meanwhile, many people think in Brussels that she has other strengths that could take her forward. She works hard, she knows how to work in a team and she has always conducted herself with great composure. She is a mediator but also picks excellent advisors. Furthermore, she is not a political neophyte, she has always worked on foreign policy and has built up contacts during years of work at relatively high levels. She is moving with confidence on the international level as well.
As Italian Foreign Minister, she had a close relationship to Putin and she was criticized because of these meetings a lot. However, this relationship has been changed since she has other commitments and priorities as the High Representative of the EU. She acts confidently and strictly and has strong position on questions related to the European foreign and security policy.
All in all, Federica Mogherini could be a great example for how a young woman can reach her goals with hard work, and how we never have to give up even if we receive many attacks and criticism.
Picture: Unión Europea en Perú