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Is Matteo Renzi ready to be Italian PM?

February 14th, 2014
01:45 PM ET

There's fresh political uncertainty in Italy, with the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta after less than a year in office.

The current front-runner to replace Letta is Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi, a young political star who won his party's primary a couple of months ago.

Max Foster spoke with Paola Subacchi, Research Director of International Economics at Chatham House, about the political upheaval in Italy.  He asked her about Renzi's appeal as  a potential leader, despite his relative lack of experience.

"The country seems to like him because he's young, because he's energetic and because there is this untested assumption that somebody new and young and energetic could really change the country's fate," Subacchi said.

She acknowledged that there are reservations within Italy about Renzi's lack of experience in parliament, government and within the European Union.  "It doesn't give the country the confidence it needs in the institutions and in the political debate," Subacchi said.  "There's still a big if about whether or not he will become the Prime Minister of Italy."

 

 


Filed under:  Analysis • Europe • Italy • London
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