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  • Italian Democratic Party's leader Matteo Renzi talks to journalists at the Quirinale presidential palace after talks with Italan President Giorgio Napolitano, in Rome, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. Renzi was asked to form a new government to replace the one he sacked through a stunning power-grab within his own party. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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  • Then, on Monday, new Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, a Florentine and avowed Fiorentina fan, presented an autographed Gomez shirt to German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a meeting in Berlin.

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  • Writing at right on screen reads in Italian "+1000 euros net a year to who earns less than 1500 euros, from May 1" is shown as Renzi announced cuts in payroll taxes that he said will put 1,000 euros ($1,400) a year back into the pockets of 10 million Italians who take home 1,500 euros or less a month.

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