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EUROPE NOW

We take you to the 28 EU member states for a series of exclusive reports and interviews with local MEPs. Produced in partnership with the European Parliament. Saturday at 12.10 pm.

Latest update : 2017-03-27

Italy challenged by populism

The eurozone's third-largest economy, Italy is struggling with high unemployment and towering debt. One political party, the Five Star Movement, blames a lot of the country's financial woes on the EU and wants to put the country's membership of the euro to a referendum. The Five Star movement was launched in 2009 by former comedian Beppe Grillo. It started as a web-based organisation focused on uncovering corruption in politics, but today some of its own politicians stand accused of graft.

In the last general elections it took almost 30% of the vote, making it the second most popular party in terms of votes. And last June Rome got its very first female mayor, who is a member of The Five Star Movement. But being in power hasn’t been plain sailing for the party, as our team found out.

Presented by Eve Irvine

Reports: Johan Bodin

Camera: Stephane Bodenne and Luke Brown

Editing: Aurelien Porcher

Sound: Colin Idier

By Eve IRVINE

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Fabio MASSIMO CASTALDO

Italian MEP, Five Star Movement

Elisabetta GARDINI

Italian MEP, Forza Italia (European People's Party)

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2017-09-29 European Union

Austria: Far right knocks on the doors of power (part 2)

For this episode of Europe Now, our Europe editor Catherine Nicholson digs deeper into the hot topics of the moment in the EU's two German-speaking member states.

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2017-09-29 European Union

Germany: Far-right knocks on the doors of power (part 1)

For this episode of Europe Now, our Europe Editor Catherine Nicholson digs deeper into the hot topics of the moment in Europe's two German-speaking member states.

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2017-07-21 Netherlands

A year of crucial elections in Europe

We take a look back at elections in some of the EU's biggest countries. Back in March, the Netherlands got the ball rolling with its parliamentary polls. The party of Dutch Prime...

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2017-07-21 migrants

One year after Brexit, where is the EU headed?

This week we're taking a look back at some of the more defining moments of the year so far. It's now been 12 months since the UK voted to leave the EU. Brexit negotiations have...

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2017-06-03 European Union

UK holds crucial election, one year after Brexit (part 2)

In this second part of Europe Now, we leave the pro-Remain capital and head to the north of the country, to Yorkshire, where the Leave vote was victorious. Our guest is Richard...

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