The convulsions in Italian governance, both political and of the State itself, continue growing and are now interacting to increase its fragility. After the regional elections and the abandonment of the ruling Democratic Party by the electorate, the governors of northern Italy have told the government in Rome where to put its attempts to distribute and settle African refugees landed in the South. In Lombardy, Liguria, the Veneto, and Friuli-Venezia-Giulia regional governors, and more local mayors, want no more 'refugees' from Africa, not when the frontiers to France, Austria and Germany are closing. Passing through on their way to greener pastures is one thing: stopping in northern Italy is not allowed. The Italians have pulled them out of the waters upon which they so unwisely cast themselves but there are limits to saving other people from adversity. Adversity has been visiting Italy and Italians for years and its import has to be confronted for them first.
Unfortunately the Italian Home Office, faced with northern intransigence, ordered the northern Prefects to impose the Africans on the North. The Prefects are now in conflict with the elected governors and mayors - elected to prevent just what the Prefects have been ordered to do. The Northern politicians have cut off all funds to any northern community accepting Africans; after all, it was Roman corruption via the oh so socially just Democratic Party government that had realised most of the profit on the funding of the trafficked Africans anyway. Little could make the trafficked more unattractive, but no funding even has succeeded. Northern, newly-elected leaders are urging their electors to protest the attempts of the Prefects to impose their authority and place the Africans; the Prefects are protesting to Rome that their authority and hence their capacity to meet their (extensive) civil duties is being rapidly undermined by this single issue.
Renzi's Executive, already badly damaged by the tide of filth brought upon it by the Roman Democratic party and Mafia corruption (even though it was the Left faction, prior to Renzi's clear-out of what is known as the Ditta, the Firm, that is mafia-involved) is now facing the break-down of the civil power across the whole of northern Italy and, perhaps worse in the longer term, a major conflict between the political and State powers within a profoundly authoritarian state.
What has never been settled in Italy, constitutionally, is Who Rules? Given that the 1946 Constitution was written by old Fascists and old Communists in an unholy authoritarian alliance (indeed often embodied in the same persons - consider the former president Giorgio Napolitano in both Fascist and Communist hats) now is a really, really bad time to choose to find out.