Matteo Renzi (born
11 January 1975) is an Italian
politician who has been Prime Minister of Italy since 22 February 2014 and the Secretary of the
Democratic Party since 15 December 2013. He was previously
the President of Florence Province from 2004 to 2009 and the Mayor of Florence
from 2009 to 2014.
At the age of 39 years and 42 days, Renzi became the youngest leader in the European Council and also the youngest Italian Prime Minister since unification in 1861 (being younger than Benito Mussolini when he took office in 1922 by 52 days). He is also the first to be elected Prime Minister as a Mayor. Renzi has been described as the de facto leader of the Party of European Socialists, in opposition to Angela Merkel's People's Party; the two leaders are together referred to as Merkenzi.
He was also ranked as the third most influential under 40 person in the world, by the American magazine Fortune and in the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy.