Italy’s Five Star Movement

Why the Populist movement is gaining traction in Italy.

This article, written by , appears on Newsweek.


Despite the uncertainty following Britain’s Brexit vote, the populist, Euroskeptic Five Star Movement has taken a commanding lead in Italian opinion polls.

One survey by Ipsos said the group, which made strong gains in local elections in June, was supported by 30.6 percent of Italians, up from 28.9 percent in April. A survey from Demos released on July 1 showed the party on 32.3 percent of respondents.

In both polls and others, the movement is sitting above center-left Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party (PD), raising the question of whether the disparate group of campaigners and anti-establishment politicians could win an election. Read more at Newsweek…

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