Italy Faces Political Upheaval Following Referendum

Matteo Renzi asked Italians to vote in favour of changes to the constitution, but his plans were defeated by a 60 to 40 margin.

Italy is facing political upheaval after a heavy defeat in a referendum forced the Prime Minister to quit. Matteo Renzi asked Italians to vote in favour of changes to the constitution - strengthening the role of central government over the regions and weakening the power of the Senate, the upper house of the Italian parliament. But his plans were defeated by a whopping 60 to 40 margin. So what now for Italy and its partners in the European Union? James Politi, Rome bureau chief for the Financial Times, gives us his view.

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Photo: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi give a speech after the results of the referendum on constitutional reforms at Palazzo Chigi on December 5, 2016 in Rome, Italy. Credit: Getty Images.

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