Italy’s 2 richest regions seek more autonomy from Rome

People stand by a giant poster about Sunday’s referendum on whether to demand greater autonomy, in Milan, Italy, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. It is greater autonomy, not independence, that two of Italy’s wealthiest regions are seeking in a pair of referendums Sunday, yet Catalonia’s secessionist ambitions loom over the debate. The president of Lombardy, Roberto Maroni and Veneto, Luca Zaia, are campaigning on the economic benefits of loosening Rome’s grip. But identity politics also is playing a role, particularly in Veneto, where a political fringe has never given up on the secession course long abandoned by the governing Northern League. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

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