Connect to share and comment

INSIGHT-Beppe Grillo - Italian clown or political mastermind?

* Grillo offers Italians hope of clean politics * Critics say his movement is undemocratic * Internet strategist plays key role in party * Manslaughter conviction keeps Grillo out of parliament By Gavin Jones

UPDATE 3-Bersani ultimatum may bring new Italy election closer

* Centre-left leader says Beppe Grillo must declare intentions * Bersani challenge may hold little water with 5-Star leader * President opposes new election By Steve Scherer ROME, March 4 (Reuters) - Italy could be inching closer towards another election within months after centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani issued an ultimatum to anti-establishment comic Beppe Grillo to support a new government or return to the polls.

ANALYSIS-Election result may condemn Italy to weak, short govt

By Barry Moody ROME, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Italy's electoral earthquake seems to have condemned the country to the thing it needs least - a short-term government and new elections in as little as six months or a year. A huge protest vote in the Feb 24-25 election produced the worst possible result for Italy's stagnant and recession-hit economy - a parliament in which no single group has a workable majority and populist leader Beppe Grillo has the whip hand.

INSIGHT-Grillo's rookies ready to take Italian parliament by storm

* Grillo's deputies all in their twenties or thirties * None have previous experience in parliament * Are mostly pragmatic, shun ideology * Grillo may find it hard to control them By Francesca Piscioneri and Gavin Jones ROME, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Meet the Grillini. They are the 162 very ordinary people who are now regarded with trepidation by financial markets and world leaders after this week's Italian election failed to produce a government.

Italy's political crisis deepens, Grillo refuses to support govt

* Grillo slams door on centre-left * Leftist Vendola rules out government alliance with centre-right * Few other options to avoid new elections By Barry Moody ROME, Feb 27 (Reuters) - An Italian political crisis that has rattled the euro zone deepened on Wednesday when two party leaders ruled out the most likely options to form a government and avoid a new election.

UPDATE 1-Italy's Grillo rules out voting for centre-left government

ROME, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Populist leader Beppe Grillo on Wednesday ruled out voting for any government led by the traditional parties after Italy's inconclusive election but said his 5-Star Movement could back individual laws. Democratic Party (PD) leader Pier Luigi Bersani, whose centre-left coalition took the most seats in parliament but failed to win a majority in the vote which ended on Monday, has put out cautious feelers towards 5-Star, which benefited from a huge protest vote.

Italy's Grillo says ready to support laws but not vote for govt

ROME, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Populist leader Beppe Grillo, who won the most votes in Italy's election, said on Wednesday his 5-Star Movement would support individual measures in parliament but would not give a confidence vote to any government led by traditional parties.

RPT-ANALYSIS-It's about to get serious for Italy's triumphant comic Grillo

(Repeats with no changes) * Grillo has become key player in Italian politics * His party may be more pragmatic than expected, spur reform * At local level his movement has earned respect * Party unprepared for parliament, could dissolve By Gavin Jones and Francesca Piscioneri

Grillo supporters unfazed by Italian political gridlock

* "I'm not worried about financial markets" - Grillo supporter * Some suggest 5-Star, like Greece's SYRIZA, could lose second vote * Frustration, disgust with political class fuelled movement By Steve Scherer and Naomi O'Leary ROME, Feb 26 (Reuters) - The only Italians celebrating the deadlocked outcome of Monday's election were supporters of comic Beppe Grillo, whose 5-Star Movement steamrolled into parliament and sparked fears that Italy could reject austerity and even the euro.

ANALYSIS-It's about to get serious for Italy's triumphant comic Grillo

* Grillo has become key player in Italian politics * His party may be more pragmatic than expected, spur reform * At local level his movement has earned respect * Party unprepared for parliament, could dissolve By Gavin Jones and Francesca Piscioneri
Syndicate content