There has been much made of late of the rise of populists political parties in Europe, parties that could potentially fracture the current political landscape in the EU, both in national assemblies, and in the European Parliament. Membership of traditional parties is on the decline, to be replaced by organisations, such as the Five Star Movement in Italy (its founder, comedian Beppe Grillo, would never call it a party), as well as other street-level demonstrations against the polit...

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