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Can the Florence flooding reconcile Italy with its immigrants?

Let’s face it, the Italians have grown sick and tired of the immigration across the Sicily Channel, right or wrong. In a country with little colonial history, racism is always lurking in the shadows, and the moderate political parties are being unable to compete with the incendiary rhetoric of the rightist ones.

Now, Florence was hit by a severe flooding on Saturday. The event was perceived by the public as particularly ominous, since another flooding ravaged the city in 1966. Florence was also the city which kicked off the career of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who was its Mayor from 2009 to 2014. It is now governed by Dario Nardella, who belongs to Mr Renzi’s Democratic Party.

Mr Nardella had the immigrants hosted around Florence take part to the relief efforts. Their photos, uploaded on the social networks, were the first pro-immigration propaganda success since the beginning of the Sicily Channel emergency.

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