Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (right) and the Five Star Movement’s Alessandro Di Battista present a study in contrasts at separate press conferences in Rome after the country’s landmark constitutional referendum. Photos: AP, EPA Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (right) and the Five Star Movement’s Alessandro Di Battista present a study in contrasts at separate press conferences in Rome after the country’s landmark constitutional referendum. Photos: AP, EPA
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (right) and the Five Star Movement’s Alessandro Di Battista present a study in contrasts at separate press conferences in Rome after the country’s landmark constitutional referendum. Photos: AP, EPA

Italy’s referendum shock sparks contagion fears amid rise of populist forces in Europe

Andrew Hammond says European leaders readying for polls amid a rising anti-establishment tide will be closely watching the fallout of the defeated referendum and PM Matteo Renzi’s impending exit

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (right) and the Five Star Movement’s Alessandro Di Battista present a study in contrasts at separate press conferences in Rome after the country’s landmark constitutional referendum. Photos: AP, EPA Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (right) and the Five Star Movement’s Alessandro Di Battista present a study in contrasts at separate press conferences in Rome after the country’s landmark constitutional referendum. Photos: AP, EPA
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (right) and the Five Star Movement’s Alessandro Di Battista present a study in contrasts at separate press conferences in Rome after the country’s landmark constitutional referendum. Photos: AP, EPA
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