Sassoli and Castaldo: two Italians are the real winners of the new European Parliament

What do David Sassoli and Fabio Massimo Castaldo have in common? Apparently just the fact they are both Italian politicians. But there is much more. They both made the history of Italy in the European Parliament, emerging as the real winners of the first plenary sitting of the new European legislature. The directly elected EU … Continue reading Sassoli and Castaldo: two Italians are the real winners of the new European Parliament

No EP group for M5S. Those who promised change are unable to deliver

Now it is official: the Five Stars Movement (M5S) won’t be part of any political group in the new European Parliament. What this website predicted came true: the Italian anti-establishment force will seat with the non-attached members (the group of Non-Inscrits, NI). The decision was announced after a last, desperate attempt to find an affiliation. … Continue reading No EP group for M5S. Those who promised change are unable to deliver

EFDD in jeopardy, Five Stars risk sitting with non-attached MEPs

The political group of Luigi Di Maio’s is in jeopardy. The possible allies of Five Star Movement (M5S) in the next European Parliament are melting like snow, and so is the chance of forming a group. Since the Czech pirate party decided to join the European Greens, only three other possible national players remains available … Continue reading EFDD in jeopardy, Five Stars risk sitting with non-attached MEPs

Mario Furore, from Five Star Movement, is the youngest Italian MEP

The youngest MEP of the Italian delegation is from the Five Star Movement (M5S). Among the 73 people who will represent the country in the next European Parliament Mario Furore, 31, is the youngest. Born in 1988, an activist for the Movement since December 2012, Furore is among the six candidates elected in the constituency … Continue reading Mario Furore, from Five Star Movement, is the youngest Italian MEP

Preferences and elected candidates, a first feedback from Italy

It is too early to have the complete list of all 73 Italian MEPs who will sit in the next European Parliament. Votes have not all been counted yet, and in some cases it will depend on single personal decisions. In fact some people were candidates in more than one constituency, and they were elected … Continue reading Preferences and elected candidates, a first feedback from Italy

No five stars in press freedom for the Movement

Italy has problems with media freedoms, so has the Five Star Movement (M5S). The political leader of the party was mentioned by the Council of Europe as one of the main threats for newspapers in the Peninsula. In its report on Freedom of expression in 2018, the international organization with nothing to see with the … Continue reading No five stars in press freedom for the Movement

Committed and proactive, Five Star Movement are the new Italian Greens

The Five Stars Movement (M5S) are the new Italian Greens. No other national delegation in the European Parliament performed so well on climate during this European legislature, according to a special scoreboard published by Climate Action Network Europe (CAN). In the reader-friendly document the activity of all political groups on ecology during the last five … Continue reading Committed and proactive, Five Star Movement are the new Italian Greens

An educated preview of the next Italian constituency in the EP

In just one month from now, after the 26 May European elections in Italy, it will be possible to compare this forecast with the actual results. This “educated guess” is based on the published lists by the major political players, on the latest opinion polls, and the possibility for the preferential vote to re-arrange some … Continue reading An educated preview of the next Italian constituency in the EP

Few points and many question marks in Five Stars’ political agenda

Few specific proposals, a lot of obstacles to fulfill them. The Five Stars Movement (M5S) unveiled its own political program for the electoral campaign and the next European legislature. Direct democracy is the main item on the agenda, as it could easy to expect from a political force that since the very beginning has been … Continue reading Few points and many question marks in Five Stars’ political agenda