This photo sums up how much the world has changed in 2016

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We can all agree that 2016 was the year anti-establishment politics became mainstream in the West, sending shockwaves across traditional political parties. 

One photo taken in April at the G5 in Hanover pretty much sums up this sentiment. 

It shows Angela Merkel surrounded by Matteo Renzi, Francois Hollande, Barack Obama and David Cameron — the then-leaders of Europe’s four largest economies and the United States. 

The photo re-surfaced on Twitter after Renzi’s shock resignation on Sunday night, following a crushing defeat in Italy’s constitutional referendum:  Read more…

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Yes, you should care about Italy’s referendum

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Another country, another referendum, another resignation. 

After the Brexit vote in the UK, it was Italy’s turn to go to the polls in a highly divisive referendum about Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s proposed constitutional reforms. 

As predicted by the polls, Italians overwhelmingly rejected those changes leading to Renzi’s resignation and plunging Europe’s third largest economy into a political crisis. 

So why should you care? If you are concerned about the growth of populism and the far-right in Europe, then Italy’s referendum is a sign of things to come.  Read more…

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