Grillosconi wins Italy, Europe loses

The winner of last week’s election in Italy was a mythical hybrid made up of former stand-up comedian Beppe Grillo and former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.

Wikimedia Photos: www.la-moncloa.es and Niccolò Caranti
Beppo Grillo of the Five Star Movement, and former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Thursday, 02/28/2013 10:03 pm EST
Last Updated: Sunday, 03/03/2013 9:34 pm EST

The winner of last week’s election in Italy was a mythical beast called “Grillosconi.” That is bad news for Italy, for the single European currency, the euro, and even for the future of the European Union. Not that “Grillosconi” will ever form a coherent government in Italy. The problem is that he—or rather, they—will prevent anybody else from doing that either.

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