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Grillo slams party politics on German TV

M5S leader describes Italy as economic and moral 'wreck'

Grillo slams party politics on German TV

Berlin, March 15 - Beppe Grillo, leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S), on Friday accused Italy's political parties of wrecking the country in an interview with German TV. ''Economically and morally Italy is a pile of rubble,'' the gadfly comedian told Germany's principal state channel ARD. ''Italians turned their backs on political parties because they have destroyed and drained our country,'' Grillo continued. His M5S took an unexpected 162 seats in recent parliamentary elections in what was widely seen as a protest vote by a disaffected electorate. Grillo added that ''for years'' parties on both left and right have been acting ''only in their own interest''. ''The European dream will dissolve because the economy is not moving any more,'' he concluded. So far M5S has ruled out any form of alliance with the centre-left coalition led by Democratic Party (Pd) secretary Pier Luigi Bersani, which polled most votes in the February elections but failed to win a working majority in both houses of parliament, leading to political deadlock.

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