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  • Movimento Cinque Stelle leader Beppe Grillo during the demonstration in Rome last week
    When Beppe Grillo, Movimento Cinque Stelle leader, took a tumble into one of the myriad Roman potholes, the sarcastic chortles of his opponents echoed all over Italy. Why? Because the mayor, who is expected to fix up Rome and its streets, is from his party.
  • Just weeks after celebrating his 1,000 days in office, a postwar feat matched by only four previous postwar governments, Premier Matteo Renzi faces a tough constitutional reform referendum Dec. 4. The risk is that the vote will be read as for or against Renzi himself.
  • Voting in three separate elections this May and June, Italians gave a black eye to the center-right government headed by the London Economist’s favorite Italian politician, Silvio Berlusconi. Here are this week's consequences...
  • Over half the country is rejoicing this week because a nationwide referendum drew a stunning turnout of over 57% of those eligible to vote, and four pieces of center-right legislation dear to Premier Silvio Berlusconi were overturned. The referendum result made three essential points: first, that democracy is alive and well in Italy; secondly, that the media do not tell the whole story; and, thirdly, that it is time for the nation’s leaders to roll up their sleeves and get to work.
  • Annozero  - "Annonuovo" L'introduzione di Michele Santoro - Ultima puntata RAI 09-06-2011
    Despite the importance of the questions under debate, a shouting match on RAI TV’s Channel 2, seen by 8.5 million televiewers, overshadowed even the referendum vote. During the political talk show Annozero, a Minister of the sitting Govenrnment accused the popuar anchorman Michele Santoro and his jurnalists to be a bunch of leftists who souldn't work for national public television... "I am sick of paying for [these people's] wages," said Hon. Roberto Castelli. A feud ensued...

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