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PostIs the Five Star Movement Maintaining its Popularity? (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 02/13/19 12:47 pm)
I would say that the FP article on the Five Star Movement (cited by John E on February 12th) is fairly objective.
But you have to be careful. The tendency for politically correct people is to demonize the Five Stars and the Lega by any means, as their coalition government no longer wants to be the usual lackey of the Empire (but without any change of alliance), or of the lousy well-fed bureaucrats of the so-called EU.
In the latest regional elections in Abruzzo on Sunday, the Lega jumped to 27.5%. In March 2018 it was at 12%. At the same time, Five Stars got only 20% while last year it was 41%.
However, the supporters of Five Stars are generally not showing up at local elections. In fact the voter turnout was only 53%, which is low for Italy.
Personally I am happy about the good performance of the Lega (now national and no longer regional and secessionist), but until the European elections of May 26th, it is not wise to offer any conjectures.
JE comments: Eugenio, is Five Stars beginning to fulfill any of its promised environmental initiatives? And what about a topic I'd like to discuss further: "degrowth," or what the French call décroissance? No US politician would survive for ten minutes with such a platform.