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  NEWSMAKER-Comic Grillo shakes up Italian politics with shock win
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AuthorGavin Jones
MediaNews Service - Reuters
News DateTuesday, May 22, 2012 04:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionROME, May 21 (Reuters) - Italy's political parties had hoped Beppe Grillo would fade away, but the comic who rails against their corruption and ineptitude and says Italy should default on its debt and quit the euro is going from strength to strength.

In local elections on Monday, Grillo's Five-Star Movement shook Italian politics by winning control of the northern city of Parma and several smaller towns, capitalising on voter discontent with economic stagnation and austerity.

Increasingly popular at a time when support for mainstream parties is slipping, the protest movement - Grillo insists it is not a "party" - campaigns to clean up politics and business, promote clean energy and dismantle monopolies and privileges.

It has a mastery of the Internet and social media that is light years in advance of any of the traditional parties.

Polls say the movement has become Italy's third largest political force and its growing impact echoes the success of outsiders elsewhere in Europe, as the economic crisis has eaten away at the credibility of old-style party systems.
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