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Berlusconi talks like handing refugees to neo-Nazis - Grillo

M5S comments on possible talks between Renzi, ex-premier

17 January, 16:49
Berlusconi talks like handing refugees to neo-Nazis - Grillo (ANSA) - Rome, January 17 - Beppe Grillo, the leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), said Friday that negotiating with ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi was like handing refugees to neo-Nazis.

The comedian-turned-politician was commenting on the possibility that Matteo Renzi, the new leader of the centre-left Democratic Party, will meet Berlusconi for talks this weekend on a new election law.

Italy needs a new system after the Constitutional Court ruled that the much-criticised previous one, passed in 2005 by the second of Berlusconi's three centre-right governments, was declared invalid by the Constitutional Court.

The old election law, nicknamed the 'pigsty', has been blamed for contributing to the inconclusive outcome to last year's general election.

"Asking Berlusconi, the creator of the pigsty, to make a new election law... is like asking a group of Neo-Nazis to protect a refugee reception centre," Grillo commented on his popular blog.