First there was Brexit and then came Donald Trump, as populist sentiments swept across Europe and the United States and rattled political establishments. Now, Italy may be the next Western democracy to witness a similar uprising, spurred by a relatively new political party called the 5-Star Movement. The party's members run the gamut from a former communist to staunch right-wingers, and its anti-establishment stance appears to be catching on. As Italians prepare to vote in early March, the party's 31-year-old candidate for prime minister, Luigi Di Maio, is vying to become the country's next leader, while championing Trump-style tax cuts and anti-immigrant rhetoric, and vowing to clean up Italy's bloated and corrupt bureaucracy. Christopher Livesay reports from Rome.
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Episode #870 / Length: 26 minutes
- Sunday, February 25th at 6:30 PM on KLRU