Voters in Italy have left the country in political deadlock, with no clear election winner with a mandate to resolve the country’s economic problems. Now the political future rests in the hands of former comedian Beppe Grillo, who leads a movement which is against the euro, austerity and old style politics but with no programme to tackle Italy’s difficulties.

ITALIAN politics has never been the epitome of clarity or transparency, and the elections on February 24 and 25, 2013, were no exception.

The left-wing coalition took the lower house by a whisker - 29.5 per cent of the votes, against Silvio Berlusconi’s centre-right on 29.1 per cent. But they failed to win enough vot...

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Professor Enrico Colombatto
The Five-Star Movement - headed by former comedian Beppe Grillo, and explicitly against the euro, austerity, and ‘old-style politicians’ - has become the largest party in Italy and has about 25 per cent of the votes
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