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European Journal

Italy: “The Wrecker” in the driver’s seat

The hopes of the entire country are resting on Matteo Renzi, Italy’s new prime minister. Renzi calls himself “the wrecker” because he wants to do away with entrenched structures.

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“Subito” – or “immediately” – is one of Matteo Renzi’s favorite words. Italy’s new prime minister is resolved to undertake reforms – immediately. He’s promised radical transformation, with one reform each month. At just 39 years of age, Renzi is also Italy’s youngest ever prime minster. There’s already concern that he may have bitten off more than he can chew. Critics also say that his cabinet is short on national and international experience.