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Rome’s Mayoral Hopeful Takes Aim at Europe

  • Five-Star candidate Raggi is frontrunner to become mayor
  • June city elections pose test for Prime Minister Renzi
Virginia Raggi.

Virginia Raggi.

Photographer: Andrea Ronchini/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images
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On the pavement on the outskirts of Rome, a small crowd is clapping rhythmically, chanting “Honesty! Honesty!” against the din of car horns from the traffic backed up on the Via di Boccea.

At the center of the huddle, Virginia Raggi, a 37-year-old former lawyer running to become the city’s next mayor. She is denouncing Rome’s political old guard as crooks.