Renzi resigns – reactions in the international press

PM Matteo Renzi resigns after clear referendum defeat. (BBC)

“It’s my fault. I quit without regrets,” Renzi said. (Corriere della Sera)

Italy decided. Renzi resigns. (La Stampa)

Italian prime minister resigns in populist revolt. (Washington Post)

For EU governments and financial markets, Matteo Renzi’s defeat in Italy’s constitutional reforms referendum will intensify unease about the risks of political and financial instability in the eurozone’s third largest country. (Financial Times)

Matteo Renzi resigns after Italians rejected his reform. (Le Figaro)

It will fall to President Mattarella to try to cobble together a new government with the agreement of the country’s largest parties, including Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative Forza Italia. The young guns of the Five Star Movement, including Luigi di Maio, made clear last week that they would call for a swift election if the No camp was victorious. (Guardian)

“I have lost and I say it out loud,” Mr Renzi said, adding he would visit President Sergio Mattarella on Monday to formally hand in his resignation following a final meeting of his cabinet. (Independent)

A further concern among those familiar with Italian domestic politics was the possible rise of M5S, a nebulous left-leaning anti-establishment party that has little governing experience and no clear politic agenda. (Deutsche Welle)

Lega North leader Matteo Salvini and Forza Italia chairman at the Chamber of Deputies Renato Brunetta called for early election immediately. (El Pais)

Europe is facing a prolonged period of political upheaval, with elections also slated for 2017 in Germany, France and the Netherlands, all countries where economic anxiety, opposition to the EU and a surge in migration have fed growing support for populist parties. (WSJ)