She is the youngest president ever elected (she turned 43 on the day of her election, has four children and is married to a Finn) and the third woman (after the Frenchwomen Simone Veil and Nicole Fontaine) in the history of the Strasbourg Chamber. A member of the People’s Party, she is an Italian speaker (her maiden name is Tedesco). As a young student, Roberta Tedesco Triccasa campaigned for her country’s entry into the European Union, which took place in 2004, the smallest member country, with just 500,000 inhabitants.
Presenting her candidacy, Metsola emphasised her being a woman born on a small Mediterranean island: “I know what it means to be the underdog candidate. I know what it means to be labelled. But I also know how much it matters, for every girl who is watching us today, for anyone who dares to dream. I am here to ask for your trust, to push Europe towards union and, with your help, to make people believe in it.” “Women’s rights cannot be thought about enough,” she added, “the fight for true equality must go beyond appearances. It must permeate everything we do.” (Source Avvenire 18/1/2022)
A “good signal” for everyone and a “good choice”, the auxiliary bishop of Malta, Monsignor Galea-Curmi – the island’s delegate to the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community – called it to the microphones of VaticanNews. In this beautiful interview he offers us an overview of the current challenges facing Europe and expresses confidence in the contribution of women and in the construction of a European future capable of enhancing the Christian roots, so deep also in the suddenly deceased President of the European Parliament, Davide Sassoli, so recalled by the newly elected Roberta Matsala: