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Countdown to Italy's referendum on constitutional reform

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Countdown to Italy's referendum on constitutional reform

<p>Italy will hold a <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/11/28/renzi-reform-and-the-paradox-of-italy-s-referendum">referendum</a> on constitutional reforms on Sunday (December 4) which would limit the power of the upper house and make it easier for governments to pass legislation.</p> <p>Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who proposed the measures, says they would strengthen and stabilise the government. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Italian banks hold nearly a third of euro zone's bad loans: <span class="caps">ECB</span> <a href="https://t.co/Tiv7Rt0HU5">https://t.co/Tiv7Rt0HU5</a> <a href="https://t.co/qTT4NJz05f">pic.twitter.com/qTT4NJz05f</a></p>— <span class="caps">CNBC</span> International (@CNBCi) <a href="https://twitter.com/CNBCi/status/803632865174880258">November 29, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <p>But the leader of Italy’s anti-immigration Northern League Matteo Salvini is campaigning for a no vote as a way of getting rid of Renzi. </p> <p>“Brexit, Trump and ‘No’. That would be…. Brexit, Trump, ‘No’ and we can even add [Norbert] Hofer in Austria as they’re having <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/11/28/all-you-need-to-know-about-austria-s-presidential-election">presidential elections</a> on Sunday, those would be the four big slaps in the face to strong powers, and four very good warnings from the people,” Salvini said.</p> <p>Italy’s foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni said the constitutional changes were important. </p> <p>“Stability and reforms in my own country are crucial,” said Gentiloni. “And this is the reason why the approval of our constitutional reforms through the referendum is so important.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Last Italy referendum poll reveals Renzi to be <span class="caps">DEFEATED</span> in referendum in next blow for EU <a href="https://t.co/31G6DPPKMm">https://t.co/31G6DPPKMm</a></p>— Voice of Europe (@V_of_Europe) <a href="https://twitter.com/V_of_Europe/status/803010361096028160">November 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <p>Renzi had said if his reforms are rejected, he would resign. </p> <p>New elections, if held, could bring power to the anti-establishment <a href="http://www.politico.eu/article/5-things-to-expect-if-protest-party-5stars-win-italian-elections-matteo-renzi-beppe-grillo/">Five Star Movement</a>. </p> <p>It has said it wants to hold a vote on membership of the euro currency union. </p> <p><strong>Read more:</strong> <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/11/28/renzi-reform-and-the-paradox-of-italy-s-referendum">Renzi, reform and the paradox of Italy’s referendum</a></p>