Referendum in Italy – level 3

09-12-2016 07:00

The world was in shock after Brexit and then Donald Trump’s election as the next president of the United States. Now, all eyes are on Italy after its referendum on constitutional reforms.

Winning the referendum was very important for the career of the Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi. Now, after heavy defeat, he intends to resign.

He will call a cabinet meeting. He will thank his colleagues for their extraordinary work. Later he will go to the Presidential Palace, where he will give his resignation to the president. This could drive the country into political chaos and it could affect the rest of Europe.

Italian populist parties including the anti-immigration Northern League awaited results of the referendum and hoped to seize power themselves.

Difficult words:  constitutional reforms (changes related to the system of laws in a country), defeat (a loss when you lose in a competition), intend (plan), populist (a government group that supports ordinary people), seize (take control of something).

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