He has also been a Member of the Chamber of Deputies since 2006. Letta was Minister of European Affairs from 1998 to 1999 and Minister of Industry from 1999 to 2001, Letta is a founding member of the Democratic Party, formerly he belonged to Christian Democracy, Italian Peoples Party and The Daisy. His uncle is centre-right politician Gianni Letta, a advisor of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. After spending part of his childhood in Strasbourg he completed his schooling in Italy at the liceo classico Galileo Galilei in Pisa and he has a degree in political science, which he received from the University of Pisa and subsequently obtained a Doctorate at the SantAnna School of Advanced Studies. Letta began his career in the party Christian Democracy, the dominant center right Roman Catholic party. In 1998, he was appointed Minister of European Affairs in Massimo DAlemas Cabinet at the age of 32, in 1999 Letta became Minister of Industry. Having been a member of the Democratic Party in 2007, Letta stood in the first leadership election. During the next election of 2009, he supported the eventual winner, Pier Luigi Bersani. The government he formed became the first in the history of the Italian Republic to include representatives of all the major candidate-coalitions that had competed in the election. His close relationship with his uncle Gianni Letta, one of Silvio Berlusconis most trusted advisors, was perceived as a way of overcoming the hostility between the two opposing camps. Letta appointed Angelino Alfano, secretary of the People of Freedom, Letta was formally sworn-in as Prime Minister on 28 April, during the ceremony, a man fired shots outside Palazzo Chigi and wounded two Carabinieri. On 14 June 2013 Letta promotes a summit at Palazzo Chigi with Ministers of Economy and Labour of Italy, Germany, France, on 15 June, the government issues the Decree of doing, measure aimed at hiring policies for economic recovery. On 17 and 18 June, he participated in his first G8 at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland, the next day, Letta had a meeting with President Napolitano to take stock of the possible alternatives. Previously the Head of State had said he would dissolve parliament only if there were no possible alternatives, on 2 October, Letta won a parliamentary vote of confidence. Dozens of Berlusconis supporters prepared to defy him and vote in favour of the government, prompting him to reverse course and announce that he too would back the prime minister. The government got 235 votes in favor and 70 against in 2 October morning vote in the Senate, Letta could thus continue his Grand coalition government. He called for vote on 11 December after Forza Italia pulled out of the coalition after Berlusconi was evicted from parliament. The growing criticism of the pace of Italian economic reform left Letta increasingly isolated
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Enrico Letta receiving U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Rome, 2013.