Turn­ing a Young Man Old

Southasia - - ON RECORD -

We usu­ally hear in sci­ence fic­tion and pol­i­tics that a young man ages three decades in three years. He loses his sparkle, puts on weight, talks a lot about the past and keeps on re­peat­ing the same jokes again and again. The same thing hap­pened to Mat­teo Renzi, Italy’s youngest Prime Min­is­ter. This is both a pity and a lost op­por­tu­nity for Italy and for Europe. Mr. Renzi was once con­sid­ered as Italy’s Em­manuel Macron but then God knows what hap­pened and he be­came im­pa­tient. It was his own ac­tions that led him to re­sign in De­cem­ber 2016. But it was not long that he re­joined pol­i­tics and be­came the sec­re­tary of the Demo­cratic Party. Mr. Renzi is still the only and pos­si­bly the best hope for Italy, but peo­ple would like to see the old Mat­teo, the new Mat­teo is so old.

David Louis,

Paris, France.

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