Tuscan Tapped To Be Next Italian PM Is Fast-riser

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February 17, 2014 AT 6:47 AM
Matteo Renzi is a fast talker, fast-mover who has rocketed to the peak of Italian politics after being tapped Monday to try to form Italy's next government. Here's what distinguishes the Democratic leader from the rest of Italy's political class. Renzi is a politician from Tuscany with — in his own words — oversized ambition. Just a decade ago, he was elected to his first post, president of Florence province. In 2009 Florentines elected him their mayor. His campaign slogan in the local Democratic Party primary for that post: "Either I change Florence or I change careers."