Renzi Resigns, Italy Split Down the Middle, War on the Spanish Right
Italy’s center-left leader, Matteo Renzi, has stepped down after his Democratic Party fell from first to fourth place in the election on Sunday.
I argued here in January that Renzi had two challenges: uniting the left and convincing voters he could still deliver reforms.
He failed at both. He watered down labor reforms in an attempt to appease the left wing of his party, but they walked out anyway. He didn’t secure a supermajority for constitutional reforms, necessitating a referendum to which he then foolishly tied his own political career.
Renzi did get important things right, not in the least recognizing that the future of the Democratic Party lies not with old working-class voters but with the young and college graduates. Yet he failed to dissuade them from supporting the Five Star Movement. Read more
Italy’s Renzi Has Failed on Two Counts
When Matteo Renzi won back control of Italy’s Democratic Party a year ago, I argued he had two challenges:
Uniting the left.
Convincing voters who are desperate for reform that he could still deliver.
Italy’s Renzi Calls for German-Style Voting System
Italy’s Democratic Party leader, Matteo Renzi, has called for a German-style voting system in his country that could pave the way for a left-right coalition government.
Italy must have voting reform before elections can be held this year or next. Read more
After Winning Back Party Control, Renzi Faces Two Challenges
Italy’s Matteo Renzi has won a convincing mandate for his center-left agenda, winning over 70 percent support in the Democratic Party’s leadership contest.
The former premier, who stepped down in December after losing a referendum on constitutional reform, is believed to be plotting a comeback.
After prevailing in this weekend’s primary, he can comfortably brush off criticism that he governed too much from the center. Read more
Renzi Picks Side in Italy’s Blue-Red Culture War
Italy’s Democratic Party leader, Matteo Renzi, launched his candidacy for reelection this week by presenting himself as the alternative to nationalist leaders in his own country as well as America and France.
“Some people wanted a party congress to find an alternative to Renzi-ism. It needs to be done as an alternative to Trumpism, Le Penism and even Grilloism,” the former prime minister said, referring to the new president of the United States, the leader of France’s National Front and the founder of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement. Read more
Italy’s Renzi Plots Return to Power After Referendum Defeat
Matteo Renzi is being replaced as Italy’s prime minister this week, but the center-left party leader is already plotting his return to the Palazzo Chigi.
President Sergio Mattarella asked Paolo Gentiloni, Renzi’s foreign minister, to form a government on Sunday, which is expected to stay in power until elections can be held.
Italian media report that the outgoing prime minister is keen to call elections in early 2017 in order to stage a comeback. Read more