The Five Stars Movement, the maverick political party which controls a sizable part of the Italian Senate, is deeply in crisis due to the iron fist rule by its leader Beppe Grillo and the disappointing results of the last administrative elections.
The controversial issues are many, but the main one is the refusal by the Movement to forge an alliance with the Democratic Party, thus paving the way to the current coalition Government with the despised Berlusconi.
The last straw were the proceedings opened by the Movement loyalists to expel senator Adele Gambaro for criticizing Mr Grillo. It is rumored that on Monday a sizable number of senators could quit the Movement and adhere to the group of independent MPs. Two senators, Mr Furnari and Mr Labriola, already did so.
If this happens, the Democratic Party – strengthened by the last administrative elections – could be tempted to abandon Mr Berlusconi and Mr Letta’s coalition Government to build a more leftist parliamentary majority with the former Grillo’s senators.