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While the world watches the situation unfold in the Ukraine, and pundits argue the legitimacy of Crimea reuniting with Russia, Venice held a historic referendum. On March 21, the province of Veneto asked voters their opinion on separating from the rest of Italy. Over two million Venetians voted, with an outstanding 89 percent agreeing with the question “Do you want Veneto to become an independent and sovereign federal republic?” Citing economic malaise, unfettered regulation from Rome, and outrageous taxes, the average Venetian doesn’t feel its best interests are shared with the rest of Italy. While 71 billion euros are taxed from the province every year, only 50 billion euros are reinvested. Most of this money is traveling to the perpetually impoverished south, which Venice shares little historical heritage with.
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