Beppe Grillo unites one quarter of
all Italian voters
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Article added on February 2013 at 15:13 Italian time; last update at 19:48
2013 parliamentary election has offered
several surprises. In addition to Silvio Berlusconi's return to the
political forefront, the big surprise were the 25% of voters who chose the
comedian Beppe Grillo (*1948) as their man of hope. His 5-Star-Movement (Movimento
5 Stelle, M5S) has for the first time entered the national parliament.
Founded in March 2009, the Five-Star-Movement had already managed to win seats in local and
regional parliaments. The
supporters of Beppe Grillo are called Grillini. The mayor
of the city of Parma is a Grillino. On May 21, 2012 Federico Pizzarotto
(*1973) garnered 60.22% of the vote in this calm city with a total
population of 187,000 people. In the first round of the vote, he had only
received 19.47%, way behind the center-left candidate Vincenzo Bernazzoli
with 39,2%. The win in the runoff election in Parma was the first victory of
a M5S candidate in a major city.
On October 28, 2012 the Grillini had already become the surprise winners in
the regional election in Sicily. With 14.9% of the vote, the M5S became the strongest
party in Sicily.
So far, the Grillini have not come up with a clear party program.
Environmental issues, such as access to free and clean water, public
transport and waste management have been among the topics high on the M5S
agenda. Beppe Grillo has repeatedly agitated “against Europe” and against
Italy's growing debt. He has however been less convincing when it comes to
offering solutions for problems he addresses. He is widely considered a
populist. He does not want to cooperate with any other political party, be
it on the right, the center or the left. He considers the entire system
rotten. Corruption and privileges of the political class are among his pet
issues. He favors more elements of direct democracy in Italian politics. At
the same time, he agitates against Italian tax authorities. Traditional
parties in Italy and the European Union are among his enemies. In some
regards, Grillo is fishing in the same pond as Berlusconi, offering “help”
to the Italians who are hiding money from the taxman, who are working on the
black market, who are against “the state” in general.
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Beppe Grillo and Silvio Berlusconi are populist masters who can win
elections. But so far, they have been unable to offer solutions. In February
2013, on his “Tsunami tour”, Beppe Grillo managed to unite some 35.000
(according to police) to 80.000 (according to M5S) people in the Cathedral
Square (Piazza del Duomo) in Milan. As a former comedian, he knows how to
entertain large crowds. Can he deliver? He may be the founder of the Five
Star Movement, but he has no intention to become a traditional politician
himself. He will not even be part of the new parliament; he was not a
Beppe Grillo has indeed managed to create a political Tsunami, together in
an unholy and unwanted alliance with Silvio Berlusconi. The President of the
Chamber, the Lower House of Parliament, Gianfranco Fini, has not been
re-elected. He was one of the prominent supporters of the technocrat
government of Mario Monti. The former prosecutor Antonio di Pietro, who had
helped bring down the Socialist Bettino Craxi in the Clean Hands (Mani
puliti) investigation of the 1990s, has not been reelected either. He
was a vocal enemy of Silvio Berlusconi to the point that his party,
Italia dei valori, was mainly known as the anti-Berlusconi party. At the
end of 2012, Antonio di Pietro himself came under scrutiny for allegedly
embezzling party funds which he invested in real estate. His image of
integrity has been damaged.
In some regards, Beppe Grillo himself is a traditional Italian politician.
Like Silvio Berlusconi, he is a charismatic leader. Furthermore, in a first
stage of the selection of the candidates on the M5S party list, supporters
composed the list through an internet vote. In the end, Beppe Grillo decided
on the final list himself.
Beppe Grillo is
calling for a referendum on the question whether Italy should remain in the Eurozone.
Much like Berlusconi, he had no scruples to accuse Germany of being
responsible for Italy's crisis.
Italy's public debt stand at some 126% of GDP. Desperately needed structural
reforms have still not been adopted. Italy has no time to waste. Political
gridlock could be catastrophic for Italy, the EU and the entire world. Italy
is too-big-to-fail and too-big-to-be-rescued.
Will the Grillini be able to transform the Five-Star-Movement into a party
of real change? Will they become constructive politicians? -
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