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Beppe Grillo’s bitter moment of truth

Orsi, Roberto (2014) Beppe Grillo’s bitter moment of truth. Euro Crisis in the Press (30 May 2014). Website.

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The European election results in Italy have been rather surprising. In the context of today’s three-party political landscape (the centre-left Democratic Party, Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement, and Berlusconi’s Forza Italia), most pre-vote polls indicated a rise of Grillo’s movement, closing in on current PM Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party, and with Berlusconi’s faction below 20%. Instead, results have been surprisingly in favour of the ruling establishment, while Grillo has suffered a defeat which, while not so substantial in terms of sheer numbers, entails a deep political cost. Grillo himself appeared confident that his movement might become the first party in Italy. However, the Democratic Party reached 40.8%, against 21.6% for the Five Star Movement, and a meagre 16.8% for Berlusconi. The Northern League has been recovering from a series of scandals and electoral defeats, scoring 6.2% at national level.

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Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Date Deposited: 22 May 2017 10:07
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 19:38

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