Italy rejects constitutional change dealing with PM Matteo Renzi

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks at media conference during a regular Italo-German summit in Ferrari's hometown Maranello, Italy August 31, 2016. REUTERS/Max Rossi

After months of ubiquitous, bitter and incessant campaigning, Italians voted on Sunday for key constitutional changes that have taken on broader significance as both a referendum on Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and a test of strength for anti-establishment forces in Europe.

In a continent that has for years seemed on the verge of financial crisis and political disturbance, Italy’s referendum on whether to streamline its baroque legislative process has become the latest flash point.

Mr. Renzi said he might resign if his reforms are rejected which is step that could provide yet another shock to unsteady European Union.

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