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Five Star Populists Lose Out in Italian Mayoral Vote

ROME (AP) — Italian voters have rejected the populist 5-Star Movement in mayoral elections, favoring established center-left and center-right tickets, but its leader vowed Monday to press on until national power is achieved.


Founder of Italy’s 5-Star Proposes Divorce From UKIP in EU Parliament

ROME (Reuters) – 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 on Sunday. If the surprise switch

Beppe Grillo, the founder of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, talks during a march in support of the 'No' vote in the upcoming constitutional reform referendum in Rome

Juncker Blocked Clamp Down on Tax Avoidance, Leaked Cables Say

Leaked diplomatic cables indicate that Jean-Claude Juncker, the embattled President of the European Commission, blocked proposals to clamp down on cross-border tax avoidance schemes within the EU as Prime Minister of Luxembourg.


Populists Primed to Govern Italy After Stinging Renzi Defeat

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi kept his promise to resign from office after losing a constitutional referendum tied to his administration Sunday, opening the door for the growing populist Five Star Movement (M5S) to move into Italy’s political driver’s seat.

Rome's Mayor, Virginia Raggi, casts her vote Sunday in Italian referendum.

Renzi to Resign Following Devastating Loss in Italian Referendum

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi will resign following his loss in Italy’s constitutional referendum. The Euro has fallen to its lowest price since March 2015. As polls closed for the Italian referendum, initial indications suggested the government of Prime Minister

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government has refused to confirm or deny media reports that dozens of special forces have been deployed in Libya

Regret of Italian PM As Referendum Defeat Looms

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi says that he regrets making the constitutional referendum too personal and about his government as polls show he may be heading for defeat.


‘Elegant Brunette’ Leads Populist Revolt in Rome Mayoral Race

After decades of corruption, scandal and chronic incompetence have left the reputation of Rome’s city hall in tatters, citizens are rebelling by abandoning traditional political parties in favor of the populist ‘Five Star Movement’, led by a 37-year-old lawyer named

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Sadiq Khan Bomb Joke Bares Crisis In Five Star Movement

Italy’s acerbic Beppe Grillo may have hung up his political gloves to return to the comedy circuit, but backlash over a bomb joke targeting London’s new mayor has aggravated an identity crisis within his populist Five Star movement. Wild-eyed, outspoken


Opponents Slam Italian Government Plan to Scrap Laws Criminalising Illegal Immigrants

The centre-left government of Italy has announced plans to ditch laws criminalising undocumented illegal immigrants by direct decree. Opponents have already predicted an “invasion”. Having been criminalised by Silvio Berlusconi’s government back in 2009, and in spite of the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe,

illegal immigrants