To his credit, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi did not try to spin his party’s lackluster performance in elections this weekend.
“We are not satisfied and we’re not going to put on a fake smile,” said the former mayor of Florence after it became clear his candidate had lost the first round of the mayoral election in Rome, the capital, to the anti-establishment Five Star Movement.
Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has lately taken a hard line against the rest of the European Union, warning that German-inspired austerity is fanning the flames of populism.
The rhetoric is self-serving. Renzi is trying to scare the European Commission into signing off on his generous spending plans when the pace of Italy’s fiscal consolidation and economic reform has slowed. Read more “Renzi Should Finish the Job He Started”
This website sort of praised Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, last month when he accused Germany and the Netherlands of hypocrisy for supporting EU sanctions against Russia while still going ahead with the extension of a Baltic Sea pipeline that bypasses Central Europe.
We argued that it was a bit rich for Renzi, of all people, to complain, given that his country continued to support another proposed Russian gas pipeline, South Stream, after Russia had invaded and annexed the Crimean Peninsula away from Ukraine.
But he did have a point. The European Union imposed an embargo to dissuade further Russian aggression in Central and Eastern Europe yet two of the bloc’s richest member states are committed to building a pipeline that leaves those same nations in the cold. Read more “Italy’s Renzi Stabs Central Europeans in the Back”
Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi challenged the European Commission on Friday to reject his budget proposal for next year that includes popular tax cuts but would do little to liberalize the bloc’s third largest economy.
Renzi told Radio 24 that if the European executive rejects his spending plan, “We will submit it again unchanged.”
Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has won his Senate’s approval for an amendment to a new electoral law, paving the way for an overhaul of the voting system that is designed to make the country more governable.
Members of both Renzi’s Democratic Party and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s right-wing Forza Italia backed the reforms.