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Italian populist urges abandoning UKIP in EU Parliament

M5S leader Beppe Grillo proposed, in a blog posting, that his anti-euro party align itself with a pro-EU groupThe head of Italy’s populist Five Star movement (M5S) said Sunday he wants to abandon a eurosceptic alliance in the European Parliament with Britain’s UKIP party, which will leave the legislature after Brexit. Beppe Grillo proposed, in a blog posting, that his anti-euro party instead align itself with a pro-EU group, drawing shock from supporters who have until Monday to vote on the question. “The recent European developments, like Brexit, have led us to rethink the nature of the EFDD (Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy) group,” Grillo wrote, referring to its parliamentary grouping led by ex-UKIP head Nigel Farage.

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