The Five Star experiment has failed us. Now Italy needs real political change | Francesco Grillo

The upstart populist party promised to pioneer digital politics and focus on the environment. But we’ve seen none of that

In the recent European parliament elections, the two Italian parties that make up western Europe’s first fully fledged populist government confirmed they could still count on 50% of the vote. But the shocking news was that within the coalition, support for the anti-establishment Five Star Movement halved to 17%, while the far-right League doubled its share to 34% and became the dominant player in Italian politics.

Italy has in many ways been a laboratory for the political crisis that has swept across Europe

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