About: Beppe Grillo

Elections 28-06-2017

Berlusconi dusts himself down in final bid for power

He is an 80-year-old convicted criminal whose last government ended with Italy on the brink of bankruptcy - and he may well be kingmaker at the next election within a year.

23-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Is Sánchez a man with a plan?

Last month, Pedro Sánchez brought a new and unexpected result to the European ballot box. Sánchez returned to his post as secretary general of Spain’s Socialist Party (PSOE) after a bitter campaign against Susana Díaz, the powerful president of Andalucía who was supported by the barons of the party.

Elections 16-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: 5 Star fails on immigration

It was a wipeout. Failing to win a single contest in 1,004 local elections in Italy on Sunday (11 June), Beppe Grillo’s 5 Star Movement was quickly assigned to the list of declining populist parties that began with Geert Wilders’ defeat in March’s Dutch poll.

Future EU 05-05-2017

EU analysts say traditional parties should learn from populists

In the wake of Brexit and the growing dissatisfaction of European voters, populists are gaining ground across the continent. But experts don’t seem concerned, as they see the shake-up as a healthy sign of democracy.

12-01-2017

The Brief: Spy behind Trump scandal probed Georgieva

Brussels is one of the spy capitals of the world. That bloke you saw in Schuman holding the Financial Times, wearing a trilby with a rose in his buttonhole? He is probably a dandified eurocrat but he could also be a spy.

Future EU 12-01-2017

Grillo blocks further 5 Star defections

After the failure of Beppe Grillo's rapprochement with the Liberals in Brussels, one 5 Star MEP has joined the Greens and another the extreme-right ENL group. But others defectors been discouraged by Grillo’s harsh retaliation measures. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 11-01-2017

Greens take in first 5 Star defector

The European Parliament’s Green group today (11 January) formally accepted its first defector from the 5 Star Movement, EFE learned. MEP Marco Affronte left the Eurosceptic EFDD group following his party’s rejection by liberal ALDE MEPs this week. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Elections 10-01-2017

ALDE rebuffs Italy’s 5 Star bid to join parliamentary group

The Liberals in the European Parliament have turned down a request from the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement to join their group, putting Italy's second-largest party in an awkward position as it had already left its former partners.

European Parliament presidential race descends into farce

Between improbable alliances and unpopular candidates, the election of the European Parliament’s next president is becoming something of a farce, with Italy in the leading role. EURACTIV France reports.

Future EU 09-01-2017

5 Star Movement’s vote to join ALDE could cost UKIP millions in EU cash

Beppe Grillo’s Eurosceptic 5 Star Movement today (9 January) voted overwhelmingly to join Guy Verhofstadt’s ALDE Liberal group in the European Parliament in a move that could cost UKIP millions of euros.

Elections 09-01-2017

A marriage of convenience

By courting the ALDE group, the Five Star Movement may prove that populists can move into the political mainstream. Despite differences between Beppe Grillo and Guy Verhofstadt, their parties are not as different as they seem, writes Nicholas Whyte.

Elections 09-01-2017

Italy’s 5 Star divorces UKIP, begins relationship with ALDE

Italy's maverick 5 Star Movement should cut ties with the anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) and consider hooking up with the Liberals in the European Parliament, 5 Star founder Beppe Grillo said yesterday (8 January).

Public Affairs 03-01-2017

Italy’s 5 Star Movement unveils new ‘ethics’ code

Italy's anti-establishment 5 Star Movement said on Monday (2 January) it would not automatically require its politicians to step down if they come under legal investigation, prompting critics to accuse it of hypocrisy.

Elections 13-12-2016

Italy ‘strong, optimistic’ as new cabinet sworn in

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni's new cabinet was officially sworn in yesterday (12 December) as the eurozone's third largest economy raced to reassure Europe its political crisis was over.

Elections 05-12-2016

Renzi resignation opens new era of uncertainty for Europe

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said he will resign after losing a key referendum on constitutional reform, plunging the country into political turmoil and the EU in further uncertainty.

Elections 22-11-2016

San Marino suffers its own election upset

Protest parties are garnering more and more support across Europe. Even one of the world's smallest countries, San Marino, is not exempt from the trend. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Euro & Finance 16-11-2016

Italy, ‘tired of European contradictions’, opposes EU budget review

European Union governments and institutions are set for intense budget negotiations ahead of a 17 November deadline, with Italy complaining not enough spending is planned for handling migration, security threats and youth unemployment.

Elections 27-09-2016

Italian constitutional reform referendum to be held on 4 December

A referendum on Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's flagship constitutional reform will be held on 4 December, the government said yesterday (26 September), with the fate of his administration likely to hinge on the outcome.

Elections 07-07-2016

Italy’s 5 Star Movement overtakes Renzi’s Democrats in opinion polls

Fresh from its successes in last month's local ballots, the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement (M5S) is now Italy's most popular party and would easily win if a national election were held today, three opinion polls showed this week.

Euro & Finance 22-06-2016

Italy’s 5 Star Movement wants euro referendum

Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star movement, buoyed by its big gains in local elections, used its
resurgent strength to press demands for a national a referendum on whether to keep the euro.

Elections 20-06-2016

Renzi suffers vote setback as Five Star makes big breakthrough

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi was trounced by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement in local elections in Rome and Turin on Sunday (19 June), clouding his chances of winning a do-or-die referendum in October.

Elections 06-06-2016

Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star flourishes in Rome, challenging Renzi

The anti-establishment 5-Star Movement looked set to take charge of Rome following municipal elections yesterday (5 June) that saw it make gains in other Italian cities and pile pressure on Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

Future EU 09-05-2016

Poll: Nearly half of Europeans want own votes on EU, like UK

Nearly half of voters in eight big European Union countries want to be able to vote on whether to remain members of the bloc, just as Britons will in a referendum next month, according to an opinion poll published on Monday (9 May).

EPP leaders: populism a ‘cancer’ spreading across Europe

Leaders from the European Peoples Party (EPP) meeting in Madrid on Thursday (22 October) warned that populism was a “disease” spreading “like a cancer” in the EU.