Enrico Berlinguer

Italian politician (1922-1984)

Enrico Berlinguer (1922 - 1984) was an Italian politician. He was national secretary of the Italian Communist Party (PCI) from 1972 until his death.

Enrico Berlinguer
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General Secretary of the
Italian Communist Party
In office
17 March 1972 – 11 June 1984
Preceded byLuigi Longo
Succeeded byAlessandro Natta
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
5 June 1968 – 11 June 1984
ConstituencyLatium - XV
Personal details
Born15 May 1922
Sassari, Italy
Died11 June 1984(1984-06-11) (aged 62)
Padova, Italy
Political partyItalian Communist Party
Spouse(s)Letizia Laurenti
WebsiteOfficial website

Berlinguer was considered the most popular leader of the PCI.[1] He is known for lessening the influence of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in Italy.

Berlinguer was an atheist.


  1. Moliterno, Gino (2002). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Italian Culture. Routledge. p. 86. ISBN 978-1-134-75876-0.