Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
ROME

Grillo sees movement's end when citizens governing

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Rome, March 7 - Beppe Grillo, the founder of the
5-Star Movement (M5S) which has emerged as the potential
kingmaker following inconclusive Italian elections last month,
said in an interview with Time Magazine that he sees his
movement naturally extinguishing itself when 100% of the
parliament is in the hands of Italy's citizens.
"We want 100% of the parliament, not 20%, 25%, or 30%: when
the movement reaches 100%, when the citizens become the state,
the movement will no longer need to exist. The objective is to
extinguish ourselves," Grillo said in the interview.
Grillo also answered questions about his position on
Italy's participation in the euro.
Often labeled hostile to the euro, after he calling for
Italy's withdrawal from the 17-nation single-currency block,
Grillo hit back saying: "I never said I wanted to be (either) in
or out of the euro, but that I want correct information".
The comedian-turned-politician said that he wanted a "plan
B for (Italy's) survival over the next 10 years, and then with a
referendum we decide" our position on the euro.
However, before taking any actions, the head of the 5-Star
Movement pointed out that it is necessary to get correct
information: "let's try to understand the costs and benefits".
Responding to his critics, who have accused him of being
anti-European, Grillo said that just talking about leaving the
euro is enough to get one labeled "crazy. There is no dialog.
Simply suggesting it you are demagogic, crazy, you want to drag
Italy into default, you're irresponsible".
Grillo reiterated in the interview that his movement in
parliament would not make nor seek any alliance with any other
party. "There's a rule in our movement. We don't make deals with
the parties. Whoever joins our movement signs onto this rule.
There is nothing to decide".
He also sought to draw parallels between the difficulties
of governing in Italy with the situation in the United States.
"If Barack Obama were capable of carrying out 5% of what he
says, he would be great. But even he is imprisoned in a system.
The art of compromise, which was the art of politics, is no
longer valid. Compromise has to be between the citizens, not
between Republicans and Democrats".

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