Grillo launches anti-Renzi online campaign going into talks
Anti-establishment leader ridicules premier-designate19 February, 13:50
Grillo, a comic-turned-politician, has called the meetings a farce, but he was forced to come to the table after members of his populist Internet-based movement voted in favor of them by a slim margin late Tuesday. The M5S has insisted on streaming the meeting live, as it did in similar talks last year with then-PD chief Pier Luigi Bersani. The M5S's refusal to ally with Bersani was a factor behind two months of government deadlock after inconclusive elections, leading to Bersani's resignation and the formation of Letta's left-right coalition.