“The Five Star Movement appealed to voters on both the left and the right, especially in the country’s poorer southern regions. Young voters flocked to their throw-out-the-bums message.
Five Star’s ability to elide hard positions on controversial issues such as immigration and leaving the eurozone, as well as its support for President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, made it a difficult target for its political enemies.
Both Mr. Berlusconi and Mr. Renzi characterized Five Star as the greatest threat to Italy to come along in ages. But now it is Italy’s most popular party, and it has a good deal of leverage going into consultations with President Sergio Mattarella, who will ultimately decide the shape and content of the next government.
The newly formed Parliament will meet for the first time on March 23.
“Bottom line: Italy is far from having sorted its longstanding problems, and now it will have new ones,” said Lorenzo Codogno, founder and chief economist of LC Macro Advisors. “Be prepared for long and complex negotiations that will take months.” “
This is just the beginning. Scientists looking at climate change and water shortages, are predicting severe dislocation– 30 to 50 million climate change and civil war refugees in the the next 30 to 50 years. No, more like 500 Million. The numbers are mind boggling. One US naval intelligence think tank predicts that just in Iran, there will be 50 million drought refugees in the next 30 to 50 years. In the last 30 years, 100,000 farmers in SE India are reported to have committed suicide, and another 200,000 of their families became drought refugees. The sources for these stories are at the NYT, and at my blog.
David Lindsay Jr. is the author of “The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Eighteenth-century Vietnam,” and blogs at TheTaySonRebellion.com and InconvenientNewsWorldwide.wordpress.com