Italy center-left leader warns on electoral reform

Jan 28, 2014, 10:58 AM EST
Leader of Italy's centre-left Democratic party and mayor of Florence Matteo Renzi attends a press conference at the end of his meeting with former Italian Prime Minister and President of Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi at the PD 's headquarters on January 18, 2014 in Rome, Italy.
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Center-left Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi is a rising star in Italian politics, and he's prodding his fellow political elites to make structural reforms of the electoral system to prevent another stalemate after the next round of elections. His alliance with Silvio Berlusconi, who remains a right-wing icon, is noteworthy, as are his centrist political instincts.

Background:

Italy's Renzi issues warning as delays threaten voting reform [Reuters]

Renzi faces hard road but is Italy's best hope [Financial Times]