October 18, 2016 / 4:25 PM / a year ago

Italy's Renzi defends referendum

WASHINGTON, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Tuesday defended his campaign for a referendum on constitutional reforms, saying that such an overhaul would help simplify the nation’s bureaucracy, offer greater stability and help make Europe stronger.

“I’ll do everything I can,” to help the Dec. 4 referendum pass, Renzi said, speaking in Italian through an interpreter at the White House at a news conference with U.S. President Barack Obama. “This is something to simplify things in our country.” (Reporting by Ayesha Rasco, Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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