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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]

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Tadeusz Mazowiecki on his 80th birthday party ...

Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Eastern Europe’s first democratic prime minister after communism, key adviser to Poland’s Solidarity freedom movement and U.N. human rights envoy to Bosnia in the 1990s, has died. He was 86.

Mazowiecki’s personal secretary, Michal Prochwicz, told The Associated Press that the former prime minister died early Monday in hospital. Prochwicz said Mazowiecki was taken to hospital on Wednesday, with high fever.

A lawyer by training, a writer and thinker by temperament, Mazowiecki was well equipped for his role in ousting communism from Poland and shaping a democracy. As prime minister, he called for drawing a “thick line” to separate the communist past from new Poland, a much-criticized position which contributed to his ouster after a year in office. [Read the full article]

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