"On 4 December, Italy is holding a
referendum.It's not a referendum on the euro - neither on the surface,
nor implicitly, as we'll get to in a moment. But lots of people are
worried about the outcome, and what it might say for politics across the
globe in the wake of Brexit and Trump.
referendum is meant to reform Italy's political system. Without going
into the details (which are boring to anyone not intimately involved in
Italian politics), the idea is to make changes that would make it easier
to form stable governments and pass laws in the country.
be clear, the changes seem reasonably sensible to an outside observer -
this isn't an attempted coup or creeping authoritarianism, it's an
effort to have a semblance of someone being in charge and getting the
odd thing done.
citizens are fed up and irritated like many around the globe, and it
looks like they'll vote against the changes, to give the people in
charge a bloody nose as much as anything else"
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