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  Local Polls in Italy Give Leg Up to Tiny Parties
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MediaNewspaper - Wall Street Journal
News DateMonday, May 7, 2012 11:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionROME—A scattered group of anti-establishment parties, including an anti-euro movement run by a rabble-rousing comedian, have gained ground in Italy's local elections, preliminary results showed on Monday. It was the latest sign that voters across Europe are fed up with austerity measures and their leaders' response to the debt crisis.

In mayoral and city council elections in the key cities of Genoa, Verona and Palermo, no politicians from the center-right People of Freedom Party—former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's party—garnered enough votes to make it to a second round of voting later this month, according to the preliminary results.

Instead, in those cities, politicians from the center-left Democratic Party—which fared better than its center-right rivals—will square off against smaller parties, including the small law-and-order Italy of Values party or a new fringe movement run by comedian Beppe Grillo. Mr. Grillo's "Five Star" civic movement attracted as much as 20% of the votes in the northern city of Parma, for example. In the Sicilian capital of Palermo, the Italy of Values party candidate got more than 40% of vote. Final results aren't expected until later in the day.
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