Italian Anti-EU Party In Poll Surge
Italy’s main eurosceptic party, the 5* Movement, is surging in the polls as the country prepares to go to the polls for a general election in March 2018.
Luigi Di Maio, the leader of the Five* Movement, has said he would be prepared to call a referendum on Italy’s participation in the Euro if European leaders do not agree to ease EU fiscal rules to help Mediterranean economies which are struggling with the fiscal constraints membership imposes.
Dissatisfaction with participation in the Eurozone is high. More ordinary Italians now think the euro has been a bad thing (47%) for their country than a good thing (41%) and chronically high youth unemployment, something that has afflicted other Mediterranean Eurozone members such as Spain, blights Italian society.
The 5* Movement is currently polling on 28.2% – 5% of the pro-European Social Democrats who are on 23.4%. Out in front of both on 36% is the centre-right bloc, led by colourful former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who has called for Italy to reintroduce its own national currency alongside the euro.
Included in Mr Berlusconi’s bloc is the eurosceptic Northern League. In March 2017, the Northern League presented a motion to the Italian Parliament calling for a new law to allow Italians a vote on membership of the EU.
Overall eurosceptic parties are in an incredibly strong position coming up to the Italian General Election.