Italian Senate like Verdun

The sessions of the Italian Parliament open every week on Tuesday. Yesterday, the opposition started an all-out offensive against the constitutional reform bill sponsored by the Renzi Government.

The Five Stars Movement staged a noisy protest, forcing President Pietro Grasso to suspend the session and threaten to expel some MPs.

The radical leftists of the LEF party adopted a different approach and simply started debating their 8,000 amendment proposals.

President Pietro Grasso applied the so-called “kangaroo rule” and scrapped 1,400 amendment proposals on the basis of their analogy with a proposal which had been rejected by the assembly.

However, today the applicability of the “kangaroo rule” to a constitutional debate was again challenged, forcing Mr Grasso to summon the Regulation Jury.


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