Struggling Berlusconi confirms break with Renzi over reforms




 
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March 8th, 2015  
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Topic: Struggling Berlusconi confirms break with Renzi over reforms


By Steve Scherer ROME (Reuters) - Italy's four-time ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi confirmed on Sunday his party would not support the government's proposed constitutional reforms as he sought to hold his party together and reclaim his leadership of the center-right. On Tuesday the lower house of parliament, where Prime Minister Matteo Renzi commands an ample majority, is scheduled to vote on a proposal to shrink the Senate and remove its power to block laws. The measure, aimed at streamlining the lawmaking process and creating more stable governments, is one of two main reforms Berlusconi had been supporting. "We will vote against this reform on Tuesday and the mess it makes of the Senate," Berlusconi said, speaking to members of his Forza Italia party in Bari in the southern region of Puglia.




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