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Renzi takes dig at M5S leader Beppe Grillo

Italian premier calls Grillo's perception 'upside down'

24 February, 17:21
Renzi takes dig at M5S leader Beppe Grillo (ANSA) - Rome, February 24 - Italian Premier Matteo Renzi on Monday accused his anti-establishment political adversary, the comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo, of taking a demagogic stance against the newly formed government. Grillo's independent 5-Star Movement (M5S) is Italy's second largest political party after Matteo Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party (PD), although centre-left and centre-right coalitions still hold more power and have nearly equally weight in the polls. “I would like it if he who thinks he has the truth in his pocket could meet with teachers and families, because the idea that there’s the (political) cast on this side and citizens on the other is a little upside down,” said Renzi, making reference Grillo without naming him.

“We play a social role for M5S senators. It is not easy to be in a party where the boss says ‘I’m not democratic’ but we love you just the same,” said Renzi.