Giulio Andreotti: many Italians believed he was the quintessential back-room wheeler-dealer, overseeing a political system riddled with cronyism and corruption. Photograph: AP Photo/Plinio Lepri

Giulio Andreotti, who died last Monday aged 94, served as Italian prime minister seven times and for more than half a century was known as “Mr (...)

Former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti embodied, more than anyone else, the postwar First Republic in all its controversies, scandals and mysteries. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Seven times prime minister of Italy Giulio Andreotti, one of the country’s most influential postwar politicians, died yesterday in Rome at the (...)