Populism On The Rise In Italy

Following the pattern of the US election and Brexit, the emergence of populist resistance to stronger central governance has proven difficult for the progressive goals of the current Italian administration.   Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced that he will resign from office following Monday’s referendum vote that went against his proposed constitutional reforms. The reforms largely focused on minimizing the role of Italy’s upper Senate in order to centralize power, and was met by strong opposition from right-wing populist parties. President Sergio Mattarella, who serves as a largely ceremonial leader in Italy’s government, urged the Prime Minister to remain...

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