After rapid rise, Italy's Renzi braced for fall

Matteo Renzi rose from local government to prime minister of Italy in just months, but a constitutional referendum could send him back down the greasy pole of politicsMatteo Renzi rose from local government in Florence to running Italy in the space of only a few months. Nearly three years later, Sunday’s constitutional referendum could send the youthful prime minister sliding back down the greasy pole of politics, temporarily at least. If, as the polls suggest they will, voters reject Renzi’s plan to streamline parliament, the centre-left leader has said he will step down.

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