What might seem like a simple decision based on reducing costs and bureaucracy is turning into an uproar rooted in longstanding local rivalries and historic conflicts.
in general is a country where
regionalism and local pride are still very strong. It is almost impossible for
people not to ask “where” someone is from, meaning what region or even more
specifically what province. Often it is precisely on a provincial level that
people are more sensitive - and therefore asking certain provinces to merge
with others after years of autonomy is not an easy thing. Part of the problem
lies in the loss of “power” and local government jobs, as well as a fear of
losing local services, but there is also a large component of unrest caused by
the bruised egos of the smaller provinces who feel betrayed by the obligation
to succumb to these macro areas – especially when the new capital of the province
will be a “rival” city. This is the case especially between Italy Pisa
and Livorno, Prato and Florence,
Siena and .
However, the new technocrat government is determined to cut costs by curbing
spending and waste, and the current situation of local government is not
acceptable from a financial and bureaucratic standpoint. Grosseto
So, Tuscans will have to bury the hatchet and face the facts: in today’s world which keeps getting “smaller” and more integrated, they’ll have to do their part and get along with their neighbors!