Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018

Grillo says M5S politicians youngest, best educated in Italy


Rome, February 28 - Members of the
anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) are some of the
youngest and brightest lights in Italy, party leader Beppe
Grillo boasted Thursday on his blog.
"The tsunami that swept Italian politics has wiped out one
of the oldest parliaments in Europe," with an average age of 55
before this week's election, wrote Grillo.
That compares poorly with the average age of 37 for newly
elected M5S parliamentarians, said Grillo.
His party also boasts the highest level of politicians that
have completed college - 88%, he said, compared with 67% among
members of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and 40% within
the Northern League.
His post came after the PD, struggling to gain the upper
hand in Italy's Senate, made overtures for an alliance with the
M5S movement.
PD chief Pier Luigi Bersani's centre-left alliance came
first in this week's election but it failed to win a working
majority in the Senate because of the votes pulled by three-time
premier Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right bloc and Grillo's M5S.
But the PD's overtures were harshly rebuffed Wednesday by
Grillo and many members of his anti-establishment movement.
Both Grillo, a former comedian, and Berlusconi have been
criticised by international skeptics who say neither man is
serious about improving conditions in Italy.
Earlier this week, the head of Germany's Social Democratic
Party (SPD), Peer Steinbrueck, caused a diplomatic kerfuffle
when he said that "two clowns" - Berlusconi and Grillo - won
Italy's legislative elections.
Following the remarks, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano
cancelled a scheduled meeting with Steinbrueck, who is the SPD's
candidate for chancellor in this year's German federal
Napolitano slammed Steinbruek's comments as "completely
misplaced, if not worse".
Meanwhile, The Economist weekly in London, in its cover
story scheduled for publication on Friday, suggested the Italian
elections are threatening the future of the common currency.
"They should hold the clowns," said the article. "The
disastrous elections in Italy is threatening the future of the
The cover of its international edition bears an image of
Grillo and Berlusconi.

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