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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

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