Five Star Movement

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(English) Five Star Movement
(Italian) Movimento Cinque Stelle
M5S
LeaderLuigi Di Maio
FounderBeppe Grillo
Gianroberto Casaleggio
Founded2009
IdeologyPopulism[1]
E-democracy[2]
Direct democracy
Environmentalism
Anti-establishment
Anti-globalisation[3][4]
Political positionBig tent
Website
movimento5stelle.it

The Five Star Movement (M5S; Italian: Movimento 5 Stelle) is an Italian political party. The leader is Luigi Di Maio.

The party was formed by Beppe Grillo and Gianroberto Casaleggio in October 2009. Beppe Grillo served as leader of the party from 2009 to 2017. In September 2017, Luigi Di Maio became leader of the party.

After the 2018 elections, the Five Star Movement became the largest party in the Italian Parliament. Also, the party formed a coalition with the right-wing Lega Nord.

After the break of the Conte I Cabinet, the party formed a coalition in the next Cabinet with the Democratic Party.

From 2014, the party has was a member of the Eurosceptic Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group in the European Parliament. However, in 2017 party members of the Five Star Movement voted to leave the EFDD.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Five Star and League: Italy populist leaders close to government deal".
  2. "Can Beppe Grillo's internet democracy work?".
  3. Beppe Grillo: "La causa della crisi è la globalizzazione"
  4. The maverick populists striking fear into Italy's mainstream parties
  5. Rankin, Jennifer (9 January 2017). "Ukip's EU funding at risk after M5S quits Nigel Farage's Brussels group". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 December 2019.