Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi sought Monday to avoid a rift in his Democratic Party over an upcoming referendum on constitutional reforms. The changes are aimed at increasing political stability in a country which has had 63 governments since 1945, with Renzi's future riding on the outcome of the December 4 plebiscite. For months the centre-left Democratic Party has been split on the issue, with a minority of lawmakers deeming the mooted reforms and the new electoral law which would accompany them to be dangerous to democracy.
ROME (Reuters) - Having pegged his political future to a referendum on constitutional reform, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called up President Barack Obama's communications maestro Jim Messina for advice on how to win the do-or-die v...
Marina di Pietrasanta, Italy (Reuters) - General elections will be held in Italy in 2018 no matter how a referendum on constitutional reform turns out later this year, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Sunday.
ROME (Reuters) - A referendum over Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's flagship constitutional reform will be held on Dec. 4, a government official said on Monday, with the fate of the Italian government likely to hinge on the outcome.
ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Tuesday he would consider his political career "to have failed" if he loses a referendum on constitutional reform next year.