Italy’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has been appealing to the Senate to back his government – ahead of a confidence vote due to take place later today.
Renzi, leader of the Democratic Party (PD), told Senators that radical changes were needed to address Italy’s economic problems.
“Italy is getting tired of waiting for us, and I propose to you – we propose, as a government – to bring Italy up through a package of reforms that considers the upcoming Italian presidency of the EU as the main opportunity. And before that term, we will tackle the challenges linked to labour policies, taxes, public administration and justice,” Renzi said.
Renzi also talked tough on electoral reform – saying that Italy is at a “crossroads” and changes must be made in order to stabilise the political system and improve governance.