And Giuliano Amato the new president of the Constitutional Court. It was voted unanimously after the oath in the Quirinale Palace of the constitutional judge Filippo Patroni Griffi, elected by the Council of State on 15 December last year.
Turin, 83, emeritus professor of comparative public law, he was a member of Parliament for 18 years. Minister of the Interior, twice of the Treasury and twice President of the Council in 1992-1993 and in 2000-2001.
He also chaired the International Commission on the Balkans in 2003-2005 and was Vice-President of the Convention on the Future of Europe in 2002-2003.
Appointed by Giorgio Napolitano on 12 September 2013, and the most senior constitutional judge.
Amato as a first act appointed the constitutional judges Silvana Sciarra, Daria De Pretis and Nicolo Zanon as vice-presidents of the Court and communicated the election to the President of the Republic and the other institutional offices.
He will remain in office approximately 8 months before the end of his nine-year term. Amato: direct election of the head of state
The system must be changed

“The direct election of the President of the Republic cannot be seen as something that is grafted by itself into the system, left as it is”. These are the words of the new president of the Constitutional Court Giuliano Amato, during the press conference at the Consulta. “Since the ’80s and’ 90s I have pointed out that constitutional systems are like wheels in a clock, and it is not certain that one wheel can be taken and emitted in another and expect the clock to work,” explained Amato.
The direct election
“Of course it has several benefits, including what happens in one day – as I heard yesterday – not in several days as is happening now” but “if you introduce the
, he added, underlining that “in France direct elections lead to presidentialism, in Austria they have managed not to lead to politicization, but it is a peculiar case … If one decides this, one must change the clock. Perhaps the clock American on our wrist and not very suitable, perhaps we should think of the French one. But it cannot be seen as something that is grafted onto a system by itself, leaving it as it is ” Gender equality
The new president also answered a question on gender equality “We continue not to be equal, there is a great job to do, we continue to see women from the waist down. We males have something to be ashamed of. We do not ask parliament. to resolve something within us “. And he reiterated “Often boys lack an identity to anchor and find this identity in the culture of the macho, in the possession of what they have in front of them. If this is the problem there is a matter as big as a house, c ‘and a family that does not communicate, a community that does not work, adults who are absent and who often only know how to defend their son whatever he has done. It’ sa big problem that affects us all ” Prisons
On the overcrowding of prisons, “we have again reached 52-53 thousand presences”. “If the question on this issue were raised to us, we would be faced with the responsibility of addressing it”. Court / Parliament reports
Conflicts on values, from family to gender issues, how much security and how much freedom: “These are the most challenging conflicts to settle, the Constitution says a lot”, but “it doesn’t say what solution” to find and this is where the collaboration between the Court and parliament becomes essential “. This was stated by the president of the Council, Giuliano Amato. From the surname of his mother and father, from life imprisonment to assisted suicide, the Court indicates a possible solution, he recalled,”

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