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Beppe Grillo
It's hard out there for a populist: Italy's comedian-led political party struggles to find its feet

It's hard out there for a populist: Italy's comedian-led political party struggles to find its feet

Charles RichardsonJan 11, 20172 Comments

Populist parties love to represent themselves as rule-breaking mavericks. But wherever they win office, they find themselves invariably having to work with established actors in order to get anything done.

Alexander Van der Bellen
Spectre of right-wing populism haunts Europe as Italy, Austria went to the polls

Spectre of right-wing populism haunts Europe as Italy, Austria went to the polls

Charles RichardsonDec 6, 20165 Comments

Like many other signs this year, particularly last month's US election, these twin events warn of a rising tide of xenophobic right-wing populism.

Playtime in parliament: meet the world's youngest leaders

Playtime in parliament: meet the world's youngest leaders

Luca ZuccaroMar 4, 20142 Comments

At 39, Italy's new prime minister is the youngest in Europe. But as Crikey intern Luca Zuccaro discovers, the baby-faced PM is not even in the top five youngest leaders in the world.

Media briefs: papers on papers ... Italy's wunderkind ... Sochi wrap ...

Media briefs: papers on papers ... Italy's wunderkind ... Sochi wrap ...

CrikeyFeb 24, 20143 Comments

Australian exclusive watch (just kidding Chris) ...

The bluff of Matteo: can the demolition man rebuild Italy?

The bluff of Matteo: can the demolition man rebuild Italy?

Josephine McKennaFeb 24, 20143 Comments

Italy has sworn in its youngest prime minister, and Mattew Renzi has big plans. But Rome reporter Josephine McKenna asks: can the former Wheel of Fortune winner now win over a disaffected nation?

Matteo Renzi, Italy's next leader, a young man in a hurry

Matteo Renzi, Italy's next leader, a young man in a hurry

Charles RichardsonFeb 14, 20141 Comment

Italy's new prime minister, until two months ago the 38-year-old mayor of Florence, is ambitious and models himself on Tony Blair. But he'll have huge challenges ahead of him as he tackles Italy's economic and electoral woes, and no parliamentary majority to aid his rule.