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Mar 7, 2013

Beppe Grillo – Italian clown or political mastermind?

ROME, March 7 (Reuters) – Beppe Grillo stirs strong
feelings. His supporters believe he can clean up Italian
politics and give ordinary people more say in decision-making.
His opponents see a dangerous populist who evokes memories of
fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

International media describe Grillo as a comic, which on one
level he is, but the man who jointly created and leads the party
that in just three years has become the largest in Italy is much
more than that.

Mar 1, 2013

Italy 2012 deficit above target at 3 percent of GDP, debt hits record high

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s fiscal deficit fell to 3.0 percent of gross domestic product last year, above the government’s most recent target and bang on the European Union’s 3 percent ceiling, data showed on Friday.

The data may allow Rome to leave the European Commission’s excessive deficit procedure imposing corrective measures on countries that exceed the 3 percent level.

Feb 28, 2013

Insight: Grillo’s rookies ready to take Italian parliament by storm

ROME (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.

The Grillini – literally “little Grillos” – are the lawmakers elected for the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement of comic Beppe Grillo, which upset all forecasts by emerging as the largest party in Italy.

Feb 28, 2013

Grillo’s rookies ready to take Italian parliament by storm

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.

The Grillini – literally “little Grillos” – are the
lawmakers elected for the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement of
comic Beppe Grillo, which upset all forecasts by emerging as the
largest party in Italy.

Feb 27, 2013

It’s about to get serious for Italy’s triumphant comic Grillo

ROME (Reuters) – Beppe Grillo can allow himself a few days to bask in the afterglow of his triumph in Italy’s election, but soon the comedian who now leads the country’s largest party will face some tough political choices.

After a spectacular rise since its formation in 2009, Grillo’s anti-establishment 5-Star movement won a stunning 26 percent of lower house votes at the election, fractionally more than the centre-left Democratic Party (PD).

Feb 26, 2013

Analysis: It’s about to get serious for Italy’s triumphant comic Grillo

ROME (Reuters) – Beppe Grillo can allow himself a few days to bask in the afterglow of his triumph in Italy’s election, but soon the comedian who now leads the country’s largest party will face some tough political choices.

After a spectacular rise since its formation in 2009, Grillo’s anti-establishment 5-Star movement won a stunning 26 percent of lower house votes at the election, fractionally more than the center-left Democratic Party (PD).

Feb 25, 2013

Comic Grillo stuns Italy with astonishing election showing

ROME, Feb 25 (Reuters) – The outcome of Italy’s national
election is still uncertain but what is already clear is that
the massive winner is Beppe Grillo, a shaggy haired comedian
whose anti-establishment 5-Star movement could well become the
country’s largest party.

It had been clear from weeks that Grillo, with his fiery
invective against the traditional parties, was making impressive
progress in the polls, but no pundits had imagined he could win
around a quarter of the votes cast.

Feb 25, 2013

Protest votes increase uncertainty in Italy election

ROME, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Italy’s parliamentary election drew
to a close on Monday with a predicted surge in protest votes
raising uncertainty over the chances it will result in a
government strong and stable enough to fend off the danger of a
new euro zone crisis.

Opinion polls before the two-day vote gave the centre-left
coalition led by Pier Luigi Bersani a narrow lead and Italian
stocks and bonds rose as traders bet on a pro-reform government
possibly backed by outgoing Prime Minister Mario
Monti.

Feb 25, 2013

Protest votes add to uncertainty in close Italy election

ROME (Reuters) – Polls in Italy opened for the second day of voting on Monday in one of the most closely watched and unpredictable elections in years, with a surge in protest votes fuelling fears of an unclear outcome that could hamper economic reform.

A bitter campaign, fought largely over economic issues, has been closely watched by financial markets, still wary after the debt crisis that took the whole euro zone close to disaster and brought technocrat prime minister Mario Monti to office in 2011.

Feb 22, 2013

Tremonti sees instability after Italian vote

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s national election this weekend will produce a weak, unstable and probably short-lived government, former economy minister Giulio Tremonti said on Friday.

Tremonti, who is running at the head of a small party of his own, said that even if the centre left led by Pier Luigi Bersani confirmed its opinion poll lead and won a majority, it would be too small and fragile to produce an effective administration.