Washington( CNN) President Barack Obama chose to bestow his final country dinner upon a young, progressive leader who he hopes can help secure his agenda in Europe long after leaving the Oval Office.

But even Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, whom Obama feted Tuesday with the highest form of Washington flattery, isn’t a certain bearer of the Obama legacy on a continent gripped with uncertainty and populist fervor.

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