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Beppe Grillo on 'Dysfunctional' EU

Beppe Grillo—Italy’s comedian turned prominent politico—talks Trump and the future of the European Union.
Giuseppe 'Beppe' Grillo
Grillo Source: Alessandro Albert/Getty

Giuseppe “Beppe” Grillo, 69, rose to prominence as a comedian, skewering the hypocrisy and venality of Italy’s political class. When he formed the Five Star Movement in 2009, his anti-­establishment, euroskeptic stance quickly made the upstart party a player in Italian politics. His supporters: mostly young, working-class Italians who had become disillusioned with the traditional left. After winning 32 percent of the vote in the March election, Five Star became the single biggest group in the country’s Parliament.

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