Emilio Colombo (born April 11 1920) is an Italian diplomat and politician. In addition to having held top positions in Italian governments, he was also active in European politics.
Born in Potenza
, Colombo entered politics as a member of the Christian Democratic Party
. Having held several cabinet posts, he was Prime Minister of Italy from 1970 until his resignation in 1972. Later he became President of the European Parliament
(occupying that office from 1977 until 1979) and Foreign Minister
of Italy (from 1980 until 1983, and again from 1992 until 1993). A decade after he last held that position, President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
bestowed Italy's highest political honour on him, by nominating him Senator for life
Shortly after this, in November 2003, Colombo made headlines once again. To widespread astonishment, he admitted to having used cocaine (for "therapeutic purposes") over a 12- to 18-month period, and to being a homosexual.