Barbara Spinelli

Member of the European Parliament The Other Europe Central Italy (European Parliament constituency)
Barbara Spinelli

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Member of the European Parliament
Assumed office
1 July 2014
ConstituencyCentral Italy
Personal details
Born31 May 1946 (1946-05-31) (age 74)
Rome, Italy
Political partyIndependent
Other political
The Other Europe (2014-2015)

Barbara Spinelli (born 31 May 1946) is an Italian politician.

Barbara Spinelli is the daughter of federalist political theorist Altiero Spinelli and Ursula Hirschmann, who was a German-Jewish anti-fascist activist.

Since July 2014, Spinelli has served as a Member of the European Parliament, representing Central Italy.[1]

Spinelli was elected to represent The Other Europe, but left the alliance in May 2015, after declaring it a "failed project".[2] She is one of the founders of the newspaper La Repubblica.[3]

Spinelli is a member of the Advisory Panel of DiEM25[4]

Parliamentary service

Personal life

She has three older maternal half-sisters (Silvia, Renata and Eva) from her mother's first marriage to Eugenio Colorni and two sisters (Diana and Sara). Her half-sister Eva Colorni, an economist, was married to fellow Indian economist Amartya Sen from 1973 to her death in 1985. Another half-sister, Renata Colorni, is a translator.


  1. ^ "Home - Barbara SPINELLI - MEPs - European Parliament".
  2. ^ "Barbara Spinelli, addio a lista Tsipras un anno dopo il voto: "Progetto fallito"". Il Fatto Quotidiano. 11 May 2015.
  3. ^ David Broder (6 October 2015). "Resurrecting the Italian Left". Jacobin Mag. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
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