The State of Italy
Italy has been through a turbulent couple of years. Matteo Renzi is Italyâ€™s fourth prime minister in three years.
I was keen to find out if the country risks being stuck with a rotating series of short-lived governments that will struggle to pass meaningful economic reforms.
I also wanted to know if Renziâ€™s fast-talking style and promises to end austerity have captured the imagination of the Italian public and also how Renzi is viewed outside of Italy. Most importantly, does Renzi have the backing to push through his ambitious reform agenda?
One other thing we talked about is corporate reforms. With high profile corporate cases like that of Dolce and Gabanna’s conviction on charges of hiding millions of euros from the tax authorities of Italy, combined with recent changes to the board posts of the largest Italian owned companies (which I talked about here) does it feel like things are making progress for Italy on the corporate governance and integrity side of things?
Stephan Faris also did a sit down interview with Matteo Renzi for Time Magazine this week, which is definitely worth reading as well. It gives a picture of what Renzi is thinking and saying himself.
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Photo note: I took this photo last year in Rome. There were 350 Lamborghini cars from all over the world gathered for 50th Anniversary Grand Tour.