Italian Premier Mat­teo Renzi

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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

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