Fifty years after Italy's Matera was a national embarrassment because of its extreme poverty, the city is rescuing its dignity, baroque palaces and cave churches to become a European Capital of Culture.In the 1950s, prime minister Alcide De Gasperi
, one of the EU's founding fathers, was outraged by Matera's underdevelopment, where many lived in ancient limestone caves without electricity or running water, lives ravaged by malaria.
The men are Jean Monnet, Robert Schuman, Konrad Adenauer, Alcide de Gasperi
, and Paul-Henri Spaak.
At the event, four of the most prominent figures of the EPP political family, Joseph Daul MEP, Chairman of the EPP Group, Hans Gert Poettering MEP, former President of the European Parliament and former Chairman of the EPP Group, Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, and Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, shared their views on Europe's achievements, current challenges and future possibilities before a huge audience in the Alcide de Gasperi
Room, where the EPP Group holds its regular meetings.
Former Italian Minister has informed the Patriarch of his current presidency of the association Alcide de Gasperi
, which bears the name of his godfather, the founder of the Christian Democratic Party in Italy.