The Demolition Man's Moment

Tony Gentile / Reuters

He comes garlanded with expectations, flattered by comparisons — to the (young) Tony Blair and the (younger) Barack Obama — and an admiring nickname: Il Rottamatore, the Demolition Man, for his impulse to tear down Italy's sclerotic establishment. At 39, Matteo Renzi has already made his mark in prominent public office, first as president of the province of Florence, then as mayor of the city. In December he became secretary of the center-left Democratic Party (PD). Now he's poised to become Prime Minister. Yes, it's all change in Italy again, as the third largest economy in the euro zone...

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