Italy’s Five Stars to Switch from Anti- to Pro-EU Bloc

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Three young women listen to a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, September 14, 2016 (European Parliament)

Italy’s Euroskeptic Five Star Movement is leaving Nigel Farage’s group in the European Parliament and applying to join the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE) instead, Beppe Grillo announced on Monday.

In a vaguely-worded blog post, the former comedian and Five Star Movement leader argues that by joining the liberal bloc, “we think we can deal with more concentration both, you and us, the next challenges.”

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Le Pen Struggles to Find Allies. Farage Finds Italian Friend

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French and Dutch nationalist party leaders Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders in The Hague, November 13, 2013 (AP/Peter Dejong)

France’s Marine Le Pen and the Netherlands’ Geert Wilders are struggling to find enough supporters in the European Parliament to form a Euroskeptic bloc of their own while the group led by Britain’s Nigel Farage appeared to have won a new member on Wednesday: Italy’s Five Star Movement. Read more “Le Pen Struggles to Find Allies. Farage Finds Italian Friend”