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Italy's Referendum: Not 'Italexit,' but Still Critical

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has staked his political future on a “yes” vote Sunday. Polls show him losing.
Source: Stefano Rellandini / Reuters

Italians vote Sunday in a referendum that is being called the most significant vote in Europe this year—bigger even that Brexit, the vote in which the U.K. chose over the summer to leave the European Union.

The referendum Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has staked his political future on concerns proposed constitutional changes that would weaken the Senate, strengthen the central government in Rome, and, consequently, make decision-making in the EU’s third-largest economy more efficient. The proposal would also amend the country’s complicated

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