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Born in Sondrio on 3 April 1962.
After graduating in economics and social sciences from L. Bocconi University in Milan (1988), he became a researcher at IEFE (Institute for the Economics of Energy Sources, 1987-1990) and later a researcher at IRER (Research Institute of the Lombardy Region, 1990-1996). He has written for a number of daily newspapers, such as Il Sole24Ore, Corriere Economia and Il Foglio; he has also created and presented columns on economic issues for Radio Radicale.
He served as national Secretary (1994-1997) and Treasurer (1994-1996) of the Club Pannella-Reformers movement, and an executive of Lista Pannella (1997-1999).
In October 2005 he founded the “Riformatori Liberali” party, of which he became Chair.
Elected to the European Parliament between 1999 and 2004, he served as a Member of the Italian Parliament between 2006 and 2013 and Senator between 2013 and 2018.
A member of the Radical Party for 30 years, from January 2019 to March 2021 he served as Secretary of Più Europa, the movement he helped found together with Emma Bonino.
He previously held the position of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2014 to 2018.