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Out with the Old

Italy tries someone new.

Apr 28, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 31 • By MICHAEL LEDEEN
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Those trying to evaluate Renzi’s chances for success invariably stress his youth, but in so doing they often underplay his interest in the world outside Italy. He has spent considerable time visiting America, including universities from MIT to Stanford, Berkeley, and Texas, and is said to consult with American and British economists about his future strategies. 

Obama recently visited Rome, and pronounced himself well pleased with the new prime minister. Odd to say, Renzi is probably more of an Atlanticist than Obama. Still, he’s got plenty of things to do before tackling the daunting labor issues in the fall. If he succeeds in streamlining Italy in the next two to three months, his chances for success in the fall will improve, and his prospects will be further strengthened by his role as six-month head of the European Commission.

Michael Ledeen is Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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