Italy's Renzi Hit by New Defection as Party Strife Increases

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi suffered a high-profile defection from his ruling Democratic Party on Wednesday in the latest sign that growing internal dissent could lead to a breakaway group leaving the party. Stefano Fassina, a lower house deputy and former deputy economy minister, has argued for months that Renzi is taking the traditionally center-left party too far to the right.

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