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    1. July 6, 2016

      Renzi rocked as Five Star surges in polls

      The populist Five Star Movement has emerged as Italy’s leading political party, overtaking Matteo Renzi’s ruling...

    2. June 26, 2016

      Italy may be the next domino to fall

      The UK’s vote to leave the EU will not only break the ties between the UK and the bloc, and probably between Scotland...

    1. June 20, 2016

      The risky allure of Italy’s Five Star Movement

      The Five Star Movement is an anti-establishment party that has long threatened to change the landscape of Italian...

    2. June 20, 2016

      Italy’s mayoral elections deal stinging blow to Renzi

      “We are writing history,” proclaimed the Five Star Movement’s Virginia Raggi, Rome’s newly elected mayor and the first...

    3. June 20, 2016

      The Five Star mayoral victory is a blow to Italy’s Matteo Renzi

      As in other European democracies, local elections in Italy should not be relied upon as an accurate guide to national...

    4. June 6, 2016

      Renzi must regain a zeal to reform for Italy’s sake

      Matteo Renzi has long been regarded as one of Europe’s more assured and charismatic leaders, with a tangible record of...

    5. June 6, 2016

      Romans deliver populist rebuke to ruling Democratic party

      Virginia Raggi of the populist Five Star Movement has comfortably won the first round of the race to be Rome’s mayor,...

    6. June 3, 2016

      Virginia Raggi serves up threat to Italy’s political establishment

      Virginia Raggi was cheerfully serving pizza last month to a packed house at the Giapasi restaurant in a middle-class...

    7. May 16, 2016

      Beppe Grillo risks damaging the Five Star Movement’s chances

      Two questions arise from the so-called joke that Beppe Grillo, founder of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star...

    8. May 15, 2016

      Grillo stirs furore with terrorist joke about London mayor Khan

      The comedian who leads Italy’s second-largest political party quipped that Sadiq Khan might “blow himself up in...

    9. Fast FT

      April 12, 2016

      Co-founder of Italy's 5 Star Movement dies

      Gianroberto Casaleggio, the internet entrepreneur who co-founded Italy’s populist Five Star Movement alongside comedian...

    10. February 7, 2016

      Through the past, darkly, for Europe’s central bankers

      Re-reading John Weitz’s biography of Hjalmar Schacht, Hitler’s Banker , I noted some interesting parallels between the...

    11. December 29, 2015

      Italy’s Five Star Movement wants to be taken seriously

      When the populist Five Star Movement burst into Italian politics in 2009 during the financial crisis, it was defined by...

    12. July 23, 2015

      Grillo calls for Italy to throw off euro ‘straitjacket’

      Beppe Grillo, the leader of Italy’s populist Five Star Movement, has launched a full-throated attack on the euro,...

    13. July 17, 2015

      Lunch with the FT: Beppe Grillo

      The terrace of a private golf club on Sardinia’s Emerald Coast feels like an unlikely spot to meet one of Europe’s...

    14. July 3, 2015

      Renzi threatened by political contagion from Greece

      Beppe Grillo, the comedian and leader of Italy’s populist Five Star Movement, was so gleeful at Alexis Tsipras’s...

    15. January 6, 2015

      European democracy cannot be clubby world of familiar faces

      What to do about the insurgence of unfamiliar faces on Europe’s political scene? Anticipating a victory for the...

    16. November 24, 2014

      Italy regional elections deliver warning to Renzi

      A resurgence of the populist Northern League and a sharp fall in turnout in Italy’s regional elections pointed to a...

    17. October 9, 2014

      Victory for Matteo Renzi as Italy’s Senate backs labour reforms

      Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, sought to mend fences within his own party after scoring his biggest...

    18. June 18, 2014

      Farage forms European bloc and secures funds of €14m

      Nigel Farage has secured up to €14m of EU taxpayers funding after the UK Independence party leader won enough allies in...

    19. Brussels Blog

      May 28, 2014

      Nigel & Beppe: A match made in Brussels?

      Beppe Grillo arrives at a polling station near Genoa during last week's election The only more interesting political...

    20. May 26, 2014

      Italy bucks the eurosceptic trend with Renzi triumph

      A landslide victory for Matteo Renzi’s centre-left Democrats has bucked the anti-EU trend across much of Europe, giving...

    21. May 26, 2014

      Eurosceptics storm Brussels

      France’s far-right Front National stormed to victory in European elections on Sunday night, leading an unprecedented...

    22. May 15, 2014

      Lacklustre Berlusconi campaign has risks for Renzi

      Banners were waving and the basement ballroom in a luxury Rome hotel was packed with supporters when Silvio Berlusconi...

    23. May 8, 2014

      Italy’s Beppe Grillo battles to sustain anti-establishment message

      Beppe Grillo, the crowd-pulling leader of Italy’s protest Five Star Movement, revels in his black humour and rouses...

    24. March 6, 2014

      Italy’s Five Star party in disarray

      Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement has expelled five more dissident senators, widening a rift within the...

    25. February 20, 2014

      Renzi’s takeover fuels doubts and conspiracies in Italy

      As the brash and innovative “scrapper” who acquired the mantle of Italy’s most popular politician by setting him...

    26. February 16, 2014

      Matteo Renzi faces first delays in forming Italy’s next government

      Efforts to install Italy’s next coalition government as quickly as possible have run into their first setback after...

    27. January 1, 2014

      Italy’s Beppe Grillo vows to shake up Europe in May elections

      The leader of Italy’s anti-establishment and anti-euro Five Star Movement vowed to shake up the EU by winning European...

    28. December 23, 2013

      Anti-corruption party to govern Delhi

      India’s one-year-old Aam Aadmi party, formed by a former tax official turned crusading anti-corruption activist,...

    29. December 11, 2013

      Italy’s establishment shaken by ‘Pitchforks’ protests

      As anti-government protests gathered steam across Italy this week, galvanising diverse groups under the banner of the...

    30. December 11, 2013

      Italy’s premier calls for support of parliament

      Enrico Letta, centre-left prime minister, has appealed to Italy’s parliament to back his coalition government with its...

    31. December 1, 2013

      Comic-activist Beppe Grillo blasts Italy’s fragile coalition

      Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement has delivered a stark reminder to the country’s fragile coalition...

    32. September 30, 2013

      Delaying elections will prolong Italy’s misery

      Westerners are forever lecturing others that they should hold elections and respect democracy. But when they might have...

    33. July 10, 2013

      Berlusconi’s fraud appeal date looms over fragile government

      Italy’s fragile coalition government is lurching deeper into crisis with former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi facing...

    34. The World

      June 26, 2013

      Berlusconi's sentence: the risks to the coalition

      Berlusconi at a rally (Getty) Will he or won’t he? Since a court in Milan on Monday sentenced Silvio Berlusconi to...

    35. June 18, 2013

      Italy’s Five Star Movement launches purge

      In the manner of an old-fashioned purge, Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement has responded to dissent within...

    36. June 12, 2013

      Italy’s Five Star Movement loses shine

      Italy’s Five Star Movement, scourge of the ruling elite in Rome and Brussels, is showing signs of fragmentation and a...

    37. June 11, 2013

      Letta’s lethargy

      Enrico Letta, Italy’s prime minister, has reasons to smile after the latest round of local elections. His Democratic...

    38. May 28, 2013

      Five Star Movement flops in Italy’s local polls

      Local elections across Italy have witnessed a collapse in support for the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, with...

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