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FT | Beppe Grillo bids farewell to Farage parliamentary alliance

Beppe Grillo, the comedian leader of Italy's populist Five Star Movement (M5S), has bid farewell to a parliamentary alliance with Britain's Ukip, after its members voted to leave the Eurosceptic anti-establishment grouping in the EU parliament.

[...] M5S is instead seeking membership of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe led by former Belgian prime minister and federalist Guy Verhofstadt. Just under 80 per cent (78.5 per cent) of the populist party's members voted to join the liberal group.

You can not make this stuff up.

You might find me At The Edge Of Time.

by Luis de Sousa (luis[dot]a[dot]de[dot]sousa[at]gmail[dot]com) on Mon Jan 9th, 2017 at 02:21:25 PM EST
Nothing to do with politics. It's merely a technical decision.
Secondo Luigi Di Maio si tratta di una scelta "tecnica". "Nell'Europarlamento la scelta del gruppo è una questione tecnica - afferma il vicepresidente della Camera - vedrete le nostre scelte quando voteremo. Se l'adesione a un gruppo fosse per affinità politica, allora avremmo sbagliato gruppo".
I can't make this stuff up either.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Jan 9th, 2017 at 02:29:29 PM EST
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But it seems ALDE members rejected the deal Verhofstad negotiated. So now that they have voted to leave, where do they go?
by fjallstrom on Tue Jan 10th, 2017 at 06:30:53 AM EST
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Back to square one, it seems...

Five Star Movement alliance with Ukip back on after MEPs block split

Nigel Farage and Beppe Grillo, the bombastic head of Italy's anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), plan to continue their alliance in the European parliament despite an embarrassing rupture earlier this week, according to a statement by the former Ukip leader.

The move offers Farage a lifeline in Brussels, because the departure of M5S's MEPs could have led to Ukip losing some of its funding in the European parliament.

The two Eurosceptic leaders appeared to have made amends less than 24 hours after liberal members of the European parliament rejected an attempt by Grillo - who had publicly dumped Farage - to join a more powerful grouping, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

by Bernard on Tue Jan 10th, 2017 at 09:06:58 PM EST
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One wonders if describing Grillo as a former comedian is quite accurate.
by generic on Wed Jan 11th, 2017 at 07:38:38 AM EST
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