International press hails Renzi win as 'hope for Italy'
'Victory may revitalize or destabilize left'09 December, 19:53
Germany's Suddeutsche Zeitung called the Florence mayor ''the new hope in Italian politics'', while Die Welt commented on the ''surprisingly clear'' win of the ''wonder boy of Italian politics'' and noted that problems may arise within a ''difficult collaboration with Prime Minister Enrico Letta''. Handesblatt said that the cornerstones of Renzi's politics - labor reform and lower taxes - may end up being a bone of contention with Letta. Le Monde called Renzi ''post-ideological'' and compared his ways with those of Ségolène Royal, the Socialist candidate in the 2007 French presidential election who lost to Nicolas Sarkozy. Le Parisien focused on his Blair-like politics and the ''Florentine sense of humor'' of the new PD leader. El Pais headlined with ''Renzi's win revitalizes the Italian center-left'', noting that his ''charismatic and direct'' style may very well mark a radical change in direction. The Wall Street Journal carried the headline ''Rising Star of Italian Left Ascends in Primary'', warning that his win might, however, destabilize the Letta government.