Grillo smashes its five-star movement

The hopeful Giuseppe Conte is threatened with dismissal. But without Conte, the party is doomed to decline.

Politically not dead: The almost 73-year-old Beppe Grillo.

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Beppe Grillo, the comedian and political puller in Italy, has made it clear that his Cinque Stelle party belongs to him and he controls it. He threatens to expel Giuseppe Conte, the party leader he has appointed himself but has not yet been formally elected. Apparently, Grillo fears being sidelined by the former head of government. This fuels his anger, and he seems willing to destroy the Five Star Movement if necessary if it doesn’t obey him. He created it, he is also allowed to destroy it.

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