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Why Renzi really failed

Italy excites itself with false hopes, but no one person can provide magic fixes

In a country that will soon have its 64th government since 1945, it is no surprise that people pin their hopes on men (yes, always men so far) who are casting themselves as transformative figures.

For a long time, the man who was supposed to fix things was Silvio Berlusconi. A shifty television magnate, Berlusconi entered politics largely for one reason -- self-aggrandizement.

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