***Italy's troubles might seem vague, remote and chronic from afar, but Lidia D'Angelo's story of losing everything will knock the wind out of anyone anywhere who's ever made a life plan.
One morning, just a year ago, D'Angelo was a married senior with a house and well-maintained garden, and with the plans and the savings to see the world from the comfort of a colossal cruise ship.
Later that day, almost all of it — the plans, the money as well as her husband — were gone.
Her husband, Luigino D'Angelo, committed suicide on Nov. 28, 2015, after learning a government rescue of a small failing bank wiped out all their retirement savings. His tragedy, described as a "state suicide" by government critics, made headlines in Italy and across the world.
Now, a year after his death, and less than a week ahead of a crucial referendum on constitutional reform, the Financial Times has ominously raised the spectre of multiple bank failures that it said could be triggered by Sunday's vote.
The warning comes as others fret about the prospect that the referendum could also make Italy's prime minister the latest casualty of the anti-establishment mood that seems to be spreading in the West...***
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