Italian Premier Matteo Renzi
stance. “It is those who dare, the obstinate, the barbarians who will take the world forward. We are the barbarians! The real idiots, populists and demagogues are the journalists and the establishment intellectuals,” Grillo wrote on his blog. Jumping on the US election bandwagon with an eye to the forthcoming referendum, former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia (Go Italy!) party put out Tweets saying “In America, they voted NO”.
The group’s parliamentary leader Renato Brunetta called on Renzi to resign immediately and not even wait until Dec 4, saying his proClinton stance had weakened Italy’s standing. “From this day forward Matteo Renzi is politically finished, he is a dead man walking,” Brunetta said in a statement. “No other European country sided with one of the two contenders like Italy did. Now Renzi must reap the consequences and take responsibility for his bad choices.” Renzi himself offered Trump his congratulations and said Italy’s relations with the United States, its NATO ally, were “solid”. The new US president is due to visit Italy next May when the country hosts the 2017 summit of Group of Seven leaders. — Reuters