Looking to Italy
Anyone who has been to Argentina’s capital will notice the Italian influence: from the slang word for beer (“birra”) to the fresh pasta shops dotted around the city. But as Italy’s general election approaches, the influence is due to head in the other direction. Italy has one of the few parliaments in the world that earmarks seats for citizens living in other parts of the world. Argentina is home to some 800,000 passport holding Italians, largely due to ancestors who emigrated. They will have 89 candidates from various party lists to choose from when voting for the four deputy seats and two senate seats that represent the region.
This is why Buenos Aires’s streets are currently papered with signs for Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party proclaiming in Spanish that Italy will be “Stronger and fairer” under his guidance. Could the international campaign give Renzi the boost he needs?