Lorenzo Piccoli

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    Reaction: Italian referendum and Matteo Renzi’s resignation

Reaction: Italian referendum and Matteo Renzi’s resignation

Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, has announced he will resign following defeat in the country’s constitutional referendum. We asked a number of EUROPP contributors for their immediate thoughts on the result, Renzi’s resignation, and where Italy is heading next. 

Alberto Alemanno: “The vote has killed the dream of once in a generation change”
James Newell: “The result was not simply another […]

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    The outcome of Italy’s referendum may be decided in Castelnuovo di Porto

The outcome of Italy’s referendum may be decided in Castelnuovo di Porto

Many Italian citizens living outside the country will have the opportunity to vote in the constitutional referendum on 4 December. But what impact could these votes have in shaping the result? Lorenzo Piccoli highlights that with voters outside Italy accounting for around 8 per cent of the electorate, the count at the Civil Protection Centre in Castelnuovo di Porto, […]

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    The Italian troublemaker: How Renzi’s European strategy is putting him at odds with Angela Merkel

The Italian troublemaker: How Renzi’s European strategy is putting him at odds with Angela Merkel

Italy’s prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has voiced criticism of EU decision-making in recent months in relation to both the migration crisis and fiscal policy rules. Lorenzo Piccoli writes that although Renzi’s European policy is partly rooted in seeing off the challenge of Eurosceptic parties within Italy, he is also intent on playing a more assertive role at the European […]

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    Italian regionalist parties will find it difficult to import the ‘Scottish model’ in their push for independence

Italian regionalist parties will find it difficult to import the ‘Scottish model’ in their push for independence

The Scottish independence referendum on 18 September was followed closely by independence movements in other countries across Europe. Lorenzo Piccoli writes on the impact of the referendum result on regionalist parties in Italy, particularly those in the regions of South Tyrol, Veneto and Sardinia. He argues that the different legal context in Italy, combined with the real policy differences […]

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