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Italy: Regional Governments Try to Distance Rome With Referendum

MIN READOct 3, 2017 | 18:08 GMT

(Stratfor)

As the skies darken over Europe's future, Italian citizens are rallying for greater autonomy for their regional governments. Two northern Italian regions, Lombardy and Veneto, will hold a non-binding referendum on Oct. 22 hoping to obtain additional powers. However, this is not an independence movement. Regional political parties negotiated with the central government at the beginning of this year to have the referendum approved. The referendum will simply ask citizens of these regions if they want that the regional government to start the constitutional procedure to obtain more autonomy....

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