M5S wants EU to cut spending, starting with Commissioners’ salaries

The Five Stars Movement (M5S) will campaign for the EU elections on the ticket of cutting what it considers as ‘useless spending’ – not to say ‘foolish spendings’ - for the EU, and continue the battle at EU level after the May elections. “In total, in 2019 taxpayers will spend up to €12.6 million to … Continue reading M5S wants EU to cut spending, starting with Commissioners’ salaries

Fact check: Five Star messages, how many stars credibility?

“After the European elections, everything will change”. As if a handful of MEPs, 20, 30 or even 40 had the power to do so… Once again politicians from the Five Stars Movement (M5S) are selling what they don’t in store. As if they didn’t promised Italians too much at home, M5S are doubling down by … Continue reading Fact check: Five Star messages, how many stars credibility?

Jo Leinen: UKIP and 5-Stars gave life to a fake group

An anti-populist amendment to the review the Parliament's Rules of Procedure sparked anger in Brussels. The group Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) harshly criticized the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) for a move which was read as an attempt to stop the anti-establishment forces in their activity of building up alliances. The main idea … Continue reading Jo Leinen: UKIP and 5-Stars gave life to a fake group

Di Maio in Brussels: In search of European allies

Populism, far-right, liberalism. There is a bit of everything in the recipe of the Five Star Movement (M5S) for Europe. M5S’ leader, Luigi Di Maio, started to unveil his plans for the next alliances in Europe in a visit to Brussels on 9 January. He had meetings with the leaders of different political forces: Kukiz … Continue reading Di Maio in Brussels: In search of European allies

M5S: You can call them ‘alternative’…

Call them “alternative”, if you think they are. Politicians from the 5-Star Movement (M5S) say they are anti-system and anti-establishment. Especially outside Italy, it is not easy to put them into a category. M5S is a completely new political force, confronted to all traditional issues. Not having the majority to rule the country alone, Luigi … Continue reading M5S: You can call them ‘alternative’…