5-Star Movement founder Beppe Grillo (L) speaks next leader Luigi Di Maio during the finally rally ahead of the March 4 elections in downtown Rome, Italy, March 2, 2018. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
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The anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) has emerged as the big winner in the Italian elections, but now it faces very tough choices that will probably involve tying the knot with the establishment. The election could hardly have gone better for the maverick party founded nine years ago by comedian Beppe Grillo. Not only did a powerful, four-party center-right coalition fall well short of a parliamentary majority, but M5S emerged as the largest single party by some 13 points, meaning it will be very hard, if not impossible, to keep it out of government.The only way to keep M5S out would be a coalition of virtually all the other parties, going from the far-right League to the ruling Democratic Party (PD), the biggest loser at the election.M5S has always been a very different political animal from the League and the differences have widened in recent months as Di Maio has shifted the party toward the mainstream and away from previously euroskeptic positions.
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