According to Berlusconi, now Renzi should be ready for “l’Isola dei famosi,” the Italian version of “Survivor.” The prime minister has lost touch with the real world, and now he’s best suited for the realm of reality TV.
This is what Italy said with its rejection of Renzi’s reform, a political earthquake whose consequences extend far beyond Italy’s borders. After the splendid Austrian vote, it is a strong signal for all Europe; Vienna and Rome are sending a message of confidence in the institutions and parliamentary constitutions.
The total and overwhelming No victory is the result of a great popular participation, a turnout that goes beyond the boundary of the referendum to take on the characteristics of a political election. Sunday’s turnout, almost 70 percent, is close to the participation at the 2013 elections (when 75 percent of the electorate attended the polls), and indicated the strength of the opposition not only to the reform, but also to the government and the leadership that guides it. Renzi took note last night and announced his resignation.