The Grillo factor
Beppe Grillos Five Star Movement received over 25% of the vote exceeding all expectations. Though Berlusconi and Grillo are both populist and anti-austerity, in many ways, theyre also each others antithesis one representing the old sclerotic system, the other a new, impulsive anti-establishment future. Grillo is clearly a new breed in Italian politics. He has been very critical of Italys euro membership, and wants a referendum to decide whether the country should leave the single currency. Hes also suggested that Italy should consider refusing to pay back at least part of its huge public debt.
As previously discussed, the PSI has irresistible political appeal?