Italy has since become more sensitized to the issue, Sorice said, but it still lags behind its European and North American partners. Changing the law on citizenship, as Kyenge wants, ‘‘wouldn’t do anything more than to bring Italy into line with the great European traditions,’’ he said.
But he was doubtful that this particular government, made up of longtime political rivals, could pull it off when even previous center-left governments had failed to do so.
‘‘It remains to be seen how this can be done on a practical level with a coalition government,’’ he said.
Tricia Thomas in Rome and Lori Hinnant in Paris contributed.
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