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Italy PM Quits After Referendum Stuns Establishment

Populist movement seeks quick route to power

(Newser) - Italian voters dealt Premier Matteo Renzi a stinging defeat on his reforms referendum, triggering his resignation announcement and galvanizing the populist, opposition 5-Star Movement's determination to gain national power soon. The outcome also energized the anti-immigrant Northern League party, an ally of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, a... More »

Italy Deadlocked After Crucial Elections

Chaos looms after no clear winner emerges

(Newser) - One of the most closely watched Italian elections of recent years has delivered a suitably dramatic result. Pier Luigi Bersani's center-left bloc has narrowly beaten Silvio Berlusconi's right-wing coalition to win control of the lower house, but failed to win a majority in the Senate—leaving Italy likely... More »

Collective Funk Settles on Italy

EU's unhappiest people disillusioned with nation's future

(Newser) - Italy is in a bad mood, and people from Venice to Naples are worried the current “malessere”—or “malaise—will never lift. On the heels of a Cambridge poll showing Italians to be the unhappiest folks in Europe, Ian Fisher of the New York Times finds a... More »

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