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This is Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, at a news conference in Rome with his guest, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The video below shows that while President Sisi was delivering his speech, Mr. Renzi was not listening and was texting or playing with his iPhone. Only towards the end of the video you see him putting in his ear the earphone that would have allowed him to hear the simultaneous translation of Mr. Sisi’s speech.
Mr. Renzi has found favor with Fox News and mainstream American media because of his agenda of deregulation and privatizations. More a neoliberal conservative than Silvio Berlusconi ever was, Mr. Renzi does not throw sex parties. But he is as much arrogant and even more self-centered than his predecessor.

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