Renzi puts civil rights at top of coalition agenda
Same-sex partnerships, adoptions part of future policy 'pact'02 January, 14:31
The upstart Florence mayor said a pact between the PD and its main coalition partner, the New Centre Right (NCD) of Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, for the policies of the left-right government led by Enrico Letta over the next 12-15 months should contain "a chapter on Civil Rights", including changes to the 2001 Bossi-Fini immigration law, civil unions, a law on international development cooperation, provisions for families and a more effective procedure for adoptions. The NCD is a splinter group from ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi's recently disbanded People of Freedom (PdL) party.
Deputy Senate Speaker Maurizio Gasparri, a representative of Berlusconi's revived Forza Italia party, now in opposition, slammed what he described as Renzi's "left-wing agenda", calling instead for a new electoral law and snap elections.