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Italy's Renzi Has Ideas, Energy and Bad Timing

Italy needs the shake-up Renzi has promised, but getting the top job too soon will make things harder for him.
Renzi talks a great game and Italians like him -- for now. Photographer: Roberto Serra - Iguana Press/Getty Images

Matteo Renzi is the right man to lead Italy, but if called to form a new government on Friday, as expected, he'll have gotten the job in a way that doesn't bode well: unprepared, without a popular mandate, and reliant on the same fractious coalition that hobbled his predecessor.

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