So where is the hope coming from? Renzi is not just going after the economic troubles. He seems to be attacking the very deep structural issues in a novel way. He is seeking serious constitutional reform in a country that has seen no constitutional changes for 30 years. Changing the constitution is difficult and requires a super-majority, which Renzi does not have. But when you meet with Parliament members and ministers from Renzi’s party, there is an optimism that is almost catching. Somehow or another Renzi has convinced a lot of people in the Italian political system that reform is possible. In particular, he wants to do away with the upper house (their senate) and streamline the decision-making process in the remaining house of Parliament, with different rules for creating majorities.France is in desperate need of a politician capable of creating such a sense of motion.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Who Will Be the French Matteo Renzi?
Matteo Renzi's reform efforts may yet fail, but at least he has created a sense of movement in Italy that is sorely lacking in France: