As Renzi’s Referendum Gamble Approaches, Italy Could Be the EU’s Next Headache

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi flanked by German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a bilateral meeting, Maranello, Italy, Aug. 31, 2016 (AP photo by Luca Bruno).
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi flanked by German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a bilateral meeting, Maranello, Italy, Aug. 31, 2016 (AP photo by Luca Bruno).
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On Dec. 4, Italians will head to the polls to vote on a series of changes to the country’s institutional framework, specifically the Senate, the upper house of the Italian Parliament. On paper, it is a referendum on amending the constitution. But there is far more than that at stake, for Italy and the European Union. The Italian government of Prime Minister Mateo Renzi took office in 2014, tasked with reviving a stagnant economy and streamlining Italy’s bureaucracy. Renzi promised much-needed reforms aimed at making Italy a more governable country by substantially reducing the scope and power of the Senate […]

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