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.
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.
Guy Verhofstadt’s support dragged Italian conservative Antonio Tajani over the line in the European Parliament’s presidential election yesterday (17 January). This is a dark signal for a Europe in crisis. EURACTIV’s partner La Tribune reports.
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.
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.
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.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi lashed out yesterday (8 November) over Brussels' "diktats" in the latest attack on the European Commission ahead of a referendum that could decide his political future.
With or without an agreement, the economic crisis in Greece is far from over, and as it plays out it, will have political and economic ramifications across Europe writes Stratfor, the Texas-based global intelligence company.
INTERVIEW / A newly-elected parliamentarian for the Italian Five Star Movement (5SM), led by former comic Beppe Grillo, told EURACTIV that the EU suffered from serious structural flaws, which are "unsustainable" in the long run. The party wants to open a debate on Italy's euro membership.