Asking senators to vote for their own abolition was always going to be a tough mission – even for the ever-confident Matteo Renzi.

So it is hardly surprising that the Italian prime minister’s flagship reform bill – on which he has staked his career – has run into a few little problems in the upper house of parliament. 7,850 of them, to be precise.

Opponents to the proposals – which would see the senate stripped of many of its powers and become a much smaller, unelected regional chamber – have tabled nearly 8,000 amendments which they want debated before the upper house moves to a first reading vote. [Read more]

http://wp.me/p4sUqu-hw – Michael’s Blog

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