On Sunday the Italians will decide whether they support constitutional change. DW's correspondent Bernd Riegert explains what the vote is about and what consequences it could have.
Both the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the right-wing League have claimed victory after the first elections held under the new electoral system. Italy's neighbors are looking for stability.
Voters in Lombardy and Veneto have overwhelmingly supported nonbinding referendums seeking greater autonomy. Italy's wealthy north has long called for greater control over finances and security.
When Matteo Renzi took office, he promised to wreck the old structures that have been slowing Italy down for decades. But on Sunday he was hit by the wrecking ball himself, writes Andreas Rostek-Buetti.
The Italian Prime Minister has resigned but has been asked to serve as a caretaker until a new government is in place. The resignation follows Renzi's resounding defeat in a referendum on constitutional reforms.
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