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Comic Grillo rings political alarm bells in Italy

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Comic Grillo rings political alarm bells in Italy


Italy has a new rising star on the political scene in the shape of comedian Beppe Grillo. Together with his ‘Five-Star Movement’ they’ve become the new sensation and the country’s second most popular party.

In the wake of winning mayoral polls in Parma and several smaller towns, euronews has been talking to the leader of this fledgling grass-roots alliance which has caught the voters’ imagination

“No one can be left behind, it’s not possible that every day two people throw themselves from buildings because they have no job and are in debt. We need to create a network of solidarity,” Gillo told euronews.

Using rallies, the internet and social networking sites, Grillo rejects normal campaigning, urging people to think outside the box – like his idea for a two speed eurozone.

“We could create a weaker euro area in the South of Europe, with Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland. Let’s form weaker euro consortium. We need to think about that. We’ve already lost 30% of our economy,” Grillo explained.

Polls suggest ‘The Five-Star Movement’ would win 18.5 per cent of the vote if national elections were to be held now, knocking Silvio Berlusconi’s party into third place.

Later today euronews has a more in depth interview with the man who has become the new face of Italian politics.

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