Italy's brash premier defies his own Left to take on unions in campaign to revive economy

November 14, 2014 10:15 AM

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Italy's brash premier defies his own Left to take on unions in campaign to revive economy

FILE - In this Thursday, June 5, 2014 file photo, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi listens to questions from journalists during a media conference at the G7 summit in Brussels. Italy's dynamo premier works with his sleeves rolled up and often without a tie. But Matteo Renzi is all business as he takes on the cozy links between Italy's political Left and its influential labor unions on a mission to revive the moribund economy. The center-left Renzi is picking a fight with his own political camp by barreling ahead with a plan to make it easier to fire workers, putting him on a collision course with union leaders, once stalwart allies of his Democratic party. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Files) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Thursday, June 5, 2014 file photo, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during a media conference at the G7 summit in Brussels. Italy's dynamo premier works with his sleeves rolled up and often without a tie. But Matteo Renzi is all business as he takes on the cozy links between...

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