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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Friday, February 14, 2014

Renzi raring to go

Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta will step down today after his party, the social democratic PD, called for a change in government. The vote was instigated by party leader Matteo Renzi, who will now presumably succeed Letta as prime minister. The liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitng hopes for a positive impulse for the paralysed country: "Renzi is displaying a firm resolve to wield power. Every bit the man of action, he strides forward heedlessly where others fear to tread. And he gets things moving. Now he will have to prove his mettle. He has won out in this palace intrigue and conquered the reins of power, but rebuilding an entire country as well as its political and an economic system is a far bigger undertaking. Once everything has been torn down, it's time to rebuild. Renzi will have to show very quickly where he plans to lead the country. ... If he can achieve strategic clarity, he won't lack tactical skill. There is a chance that under his leadership Italy will overcome its oft-bemoaned paralysis."

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