Italian voters gave Prime Minister Enrico Letta's fragile coalition government a badly needed boost in local elections, shunning Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement just three months after its spectacular success in a parliamentary vote.Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 1:55am
Beppe Grillo, whose anti-establishment party unexpectedly captured a quarter of the vote in Italy's inconclusive elections, wants to renegotiate his crisis-hit country's debt.
"We are being crushed - not by the euro but by our debt," the comedian-turned-populist firebrand told German weekly Focus.4 Mar 2013 - 5:34am
Italy's European partners had hoped for a new government in Rome with the electoral legitimacy to complete the economic reform and austerity measures launched by outgoing Italian prime minister Mario Monti. In the event, they get the opposite. The Italian electorate rejected further austerity and delivered an inconclusive election.2 Mar 2013 - 3:30am
I think I do understand the middle class, because I am also middle class28 Feb 2013 - 3:37am
Beppe Grillo's Five Star Movement (M5S) captured more than a quarter of the vote for the lower house, incredibly becoming the biggest individual party in parliament and the number three grouping after the main right and left coalitions.27 Feb 2013 - 5:21am