About: Five Star Movement

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.

Elections 18-01-2017

Guy Verhofstadt’s flagrant opportunism in the name of Europe

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.

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.

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.

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.

Euro & Finance 09-11-2016

Italy row with Brussels escalates, Renzi lashes out at EU ‘diktats’

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.

Elections 06-09-2016

Italy’s Five Star party falters in Rome, hitting national popularity

Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) is in disarray following a disastrous start to its rule in Rome city hall, potentially denting its chances of winning power at a national level.

Euro & Finance 25-06-2015

Greece will hurt Europe, no matter what

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.

Elections 13-11-2014

Italy’s Grillo pushes euro referendum campaign in Brussels

The leader of Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement took his campaign for a referendum on the euro to Brussels on Wednesday, holding out the prospect of cooperating with other anti-euro parties.

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Brexit 08-07-2014

Pro-EU parties block eurosceptics from top jobs in EU Parliament

Pro-European forces in the EU Parliament blocked eurosceptic Italian MEP Eleanora Evi from becoming the chairman of the Petitions committee in the Chamber.

Elections 01-03-2013

Italian Five Star MP: EU is ‘unsustainable’ in its current form

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.