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Italy hears echoes of Trump and Brexit as anti-establishment parties press their cause

Italy hears echoes of Trump and Brexit as anti-establishment parties press their cause

Anti-establishment parties are feeling emboldened after the defeat of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in a crucial referendum, demanding snap parliamentary elections in the wake of his resignation.

The Five Star Movement, which wants Italy to drop the euro currency, and the anti-migrant Northern League party, both called for elections Monday, the day after Italian voters resoundingly snubbed Renzi’s proposals, 59% to 41%.

By promising to step down if he lost the referendum, which would have slashed the senate’s powers, Renzi inadvertently turned the contest into a vote on his government and its handling of Italy’s flatlining economy.

On Monday, the youthful prime...

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