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Italian voters shun 5-Star as coalition gets needed electoral boost

Beppe Grillo's party failed to win any of the 564 towns and cities that voted after refusing to support Enrico Letta's party. Photo: AFP

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

Grillo calls for renegotiation of Italy's public debt

Five Star Movement leader Beppe Grillo. Photo: Reuters

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

Politics of debt stymies Italy

Silvio Berlusconi. Photo: EPA

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

Who said it?

John Tsang Chun-wah

I think I do understand the middle class, because I am also middle class

28 Feb 2013 - 3:37am

Beppe Grillo's party no longer a standing joke in Italian politics

Beppe Grillo, leader of Five Star Movement. Photo: EPA

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