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While most of the European Union seems panic-stricken by the prospect of a victory for French far-right leader Marine Le Pen in France's presidential election in May, the EU's next test will come much sooner.Renzi's foes include left-wing populists such as the Five Star Movement (Movimento Cinque Stelle) and right-wing populists such as the Northern League, or Lega Nord, which fiercely attack him while blaming the EU for many of Italy's economic and political problems. The EU, meanwhile, has left Italy to manage on its own the 160,000 North African refugees who have arrived so far just in the course of this year.If Renzi's referendum fails, Five Star Movement leader Beppe Grillo has indicated that he will demand another plebiscite on Italy's eurozone membership, which might just succeed. As in Italy, Austria's right-wing populists have railed against the EU, and have mused about taking the country out of the eurozone.
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