Obituary: Giulio Andreotti

An amazing life. The incarnation of Italian politics at its most cynical and inscrutable. “A man of ascetic tastes and sphinxlike demeanour, but known also for his astringent remarks and sardonic sense of humour, Andreotti was a consummate politician, a masterly survivor in the chaotic and treacherous world of Italian politics. ‘Aside from the Punic Wars, for which I was too young, I have been blamed for everything else,’ he said” (3,500 words)

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