Martedì, 23 Ottobre 2018
BERLIN

Grillo says Italy faces bankruptcy, wants 'German invasion'

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(Updates related, previous stories).
Berlin, April 23 - Beppe Grillo, the leader of the
anti-establishment 5-Star Movement that won around a quarter of
the vote in February's general election, gave an incendiary
interview to German daily Bild Tuesday, saying that the Italian
State faces bankruptcy in the autumn and quipping that he would
welcome an invasion from Germany.
"Between September and October the State will run out of
money and it will be difficult to pay pensions and salaries,"
Grillo said.
"In Italy 30 lawmakers convicted of serious crimes sit in
parliament," Grillo continued.
"I'd like to have honest, competent, professional people in
the right positions too. In this situation, I'd be happy with a
German invasion of Italy," said Grillo.
"The re-election of Giorgio Napolitano is the equivalent of
a sneaky coup d'etat," Grillo declared, making reference to the
87-year-old Italian president, who was reinstated on Monday.
Grillo attributed political support for Napolitano, who M5S
opposed, to "the parties fighting for their survival".
"The situation is not funny. In Italy, there is enormous
anger. We keep this anger in check," Grillo said.
Grillo called centre-right leader and ex-premier Silvio
Berlusconi "finished" and complained that Italian small and
medium businesses are "going bankrupt".
When asked whether politics wasn't an art of compromise,
Grillo responded, "Oh no, not compromise".
"In Italy, new compromises have always been made for too
long".

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