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Italian referendum: some populists are worth listening to

Italy's Five Star Movement has crushed a PM. It shouldn't be ignored

By Bill Emmott   January 2017

Shaking up the system: Virginia Raggi, the new Five Star Mayor of Rome ©Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Imagesin

The long, slow fuse on Italy’s time-bomb has been lit. The crushing defeat of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s constitutional reform proposals in the national referendum on 4th December has left the whole country—indeed the whole of Europe—wondering whether the anti-euro Five Star Movement might soon come to national power.

Five Star, the internet-based political party led from…

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