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Pushing for a place at Europe's power table

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi argues that Italy's voice must now be heard and be taken seriously

SUDDENLY ASSERTIVE: Mr Renzi has taken a confrontational approach, partly out of frustration, which has brought new tensions in the bloc.


ITALY has given Europe many things, but rarely leadership. Among member states of the European Union, Italy is important but not always influential, partly because of the decades-old dysfunction of its politics. France and Germany traditionally set the European agenda, while Italy is