New Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced ambitious plans for reviving the economy, reforming the political system and building up Rome’s role in Europe.
Addressing the Chamber of Deputies, Renzi said he plans to push through a package of rigorous reforms before July, when Italy takes over the EU presidency.
He said that the first institutional trip of his new government would not be to Brussels, but to Tunis – adding that the Mediterranean should once again be at the heart of European politics.
Renzi, 39, has also pledged to reduce Italy’s labyrinthine bureaucracy and reform the electoral system to provide more stability in governance.
In Rome, businessman Andrea Villa said: “He’s a little Italian Obama. Actually, Obama called him and said that when he was 39-years-old, no one knew him. This kind of thing gives us hope.”
“I’m convinced that this is an important moment for us. I hope he will be able to bring about what he has promised – but it’s going to be very difficult,” opined Rome resident Renzo Miroglio.