Economy / Politics

Five Stars Movement could restart from generational rift

Mr Beppe Grillo, the leader of the Five Stars Movement, posted a video on his blog to comment the resounding defeat of his party by Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

The video, quite soft according to Mr Grillo’s standards, blames Italian “pensioners” for refusing change, even if this means damaging their own sons and grandsons. Which is curious, since Italian youngsters are usually accused by politicians of relying too much on their parents and grandparents.

It is true that the bulk of Mr Grillo’s voters is made by youngsters, who are bearing the brunt of the crisis with temporary jobs, low salaries and a huge unemployment rate. Moreover, youngsters are more connected to the web, which is the main communication channel used by the Five Stars Movement.

A strategy targeting youngsters, however, would raise a major problem: Italy is a old, very old country.

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