Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has won the support of the Senate for labor reforms, clearing the first parliamentary hurdle in a months-long process to liberalize the country’s morose jobs market.
After a marathon Senate session in Rome, all of Renzi’s Democrats voted for reform, although close to three dozen had said they were principally opposed to the changes.
“We were not elected to erode [workers’] rights,” argued one lawmaker, Walter Tocci.
Renzi’s labor minister, Giuliano Poletti, said the reforms would “reduce precariousness for workers and give certainty to business” by abolishing strict labor laws as well as temporary work contracts that the center-left government believes are too often abused. Read more “Italy’s Renzi Wins Senate’s Backing for Labor Reforms”
Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi hit a stumbling block in his attempt to overhaul the country’s political system this week when thirteen senators said they were “suspending themselves” from the ruling Democratic Party.
While Renzi was on a state trip in Asia, the senators rebelled against his plan to replace the elected upper chamber with one made up of regional deputies and presidential appointees.
Renzi still has the votes to push through his reforms, especially if former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi sticks by his commitment to support them.
Recent European Parliament and local elections have been a boost for Italy’s Matteo Renzo, the leftist prime minister who came to power in February.
Despite gains for the anti-establishment Five Star Movement in a number of cities, including Livorno, where the left had governed virtually unchallenged since the end of the Second World War, Renzi’s Democrats took control of well over half of the 139 cities and towns that held elections on Sunday. Read more “European Parliament, Local Elections Boost for Italy’s Renzi”
Italian prime minister Matteo Renzo has said his government will cut business and income taxes by €10 billion and reform labor laws in order to bring down a record 12.9-percent unemployment rate.
The tax relief, which Renzi said will put an extra €80 in the pockets of workers each month, should be funded by extra budget cuts — including a reduction in the number of F-35 fighter jets Italy is buying from Lockheed Martin — and higher borrowing.
Italian prime minister Enrico Letta’s irrevocable resignation on Friday has opened the door for Matteo Renzi, the mayor of Florence and leader of the ruling Democratic Party, to form a new government.
The shuffle had not been expected. After he was elected party leader in December, Renzi repeatedly insisted that he would not compromise the stability of Letta’s government. But the overwhelming support he had received in a party leadership contest resulted in a complicated cohabitation with the prime minister. Outside the government, Renzi could take strong initiatives on his own, such as striking a deal with former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who leads the opposition Forza Italia party, to reform Italy’s electoral system. Read more “Letta’s Resignation Clears Way for Florence Mayor”
Italy’s politics may soon be reshaped fundamentally if Silvio Berlusconi and Matteo Renzi, the leaders of the country’s two biggest parties, get their way.
The two have agreed to reform Italy’s electoral system, which left neither the left nor the right with a governing majority last year, resulting in months of bickering before a “grand coalition” was formed that has since been unable to pass major reforms.