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Renzi tells CBS 'I want to simplify Italy'

'60 Minutes' interview at Florence's Palazzo Vecchio

Washington, November 28 - Italian Premier Matteo Renzi told CBS's '60 Minutes' correspondent Charlie Rose that he wants to give "simplicity to Italy" with the Constitutional reform package facing a referendum vote on December 4, during an interview that aired in the US on Sunday evening. Speaking in English throughout, Renzi told Rose that he was surprised by Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential election and that he called the president-elect to congratulate him. The majority of the interview, however - conducted at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence where Renzi previously served as the city's mayor - was dedicated to the upcoming referendum vote. "Italy is incredible - because Italy is the country with 950 members of Parliament - double the United States of America," Renzi said. He said the vote was not to "change democracy" but rather to "reduce bureaucracy", of which he said Italy's is the worst in the world. Renzi, who has said he'll resign if the "no" vote prevails, conceded that he made a mistake in "personalising" the vote. He said the 'yes' vote would be a vote for the future. "We need the future. Because we are Italians. And Italy is not only a museum".

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