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Italy: Ex-Prime Minister Renzi leaves Social Democrats and wants to start a party


The party has "no vision of the future": The former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi breaks with the Social Democrats. The move is not surprising but could destabilize the government.

The new Italian government of populist five-star movement and Social Democrats (PD) has been sworn in just a few weeks ago, leaves with Matteo Renzi a well-known social democrat the party.

She has "no vision of the future," said the former prime minister. Renzi now wants to start his own party. As the Austrian "press" reports, the politician wants to present the strategy of his new party in October. Now it is feared that other influential politicians could leave the Social Democrats to join Renzi. The new coalition could destabilize that.

However, Renzi promised to continue to support the governing coalition led by Giuseppe Conte. Renzi was considered the architect of this new alliance, which had pushed the leader of the right-wing populist Lega, Matteo Salvini, into opposition.

Constitutional referendum as a stumbling block

Conte's former five-star and right-wing Lega government also broke in August. The reason for this was the dispute over the continuation of the transalpine high-speed line (TAV) between Turin and Lyon. Unlike the stars, the PD advocates the train project.

The stars had insisted in the negotiations with the PD that the non-party Conte head of government remains.

Renzi was from 2014 to 2016 head of government. He then stumbled upon a constitutional referendum that he had voted for himself. In the general election of 2018, the Social Democrats drove a historically bad result. Renzi's new party could come to about five percent, according to a survey institute.

Source: spiegel

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