Matteo Renzi

Italy's Prime Minister-designate Matteo Renzi talks to reporters after a meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinale Palace in Rome February 17, 2014. Renzi said on Monday he would begin official consultations to form a new government in the next 24 hours and expected to lay out a programme of reforms to be completed within the next few months.

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Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister-designate, talks to reporters after a meeting with President Giorgio Napolitano at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. Mr Renzi said on Monday he would begin official consultations to form a new government in the next 24 hours and expected to lay out a programme of reforms to be completed in the next few months

Launch of the Mayors Challenge...(left to right) Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz the mayor of Warsaw, Boris Johnson the Mayor of London, Michael Bloomberg the Mayor of New York and Matteo Renzi the Mayor of Florence at the launch of the Mayors Challenge in Europe at City Hall in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 24, 2013. The competition invites leaders of European cities to enter with prizes of 5 million Euros for the grand winner. Photo credit should read: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

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Four mayors – from left, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz of Warsaw, Boris Johnson of London, Michael Bloomberg of New York and Matteo Renzi of Florence – at the launch of the Mayors Challenge in Europe at London’s City Hall. The competition invites European cities to compete for €9m in prizes for ideas to improve urban life.