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Grillo says Italy faces bankruptcy, wants 'German invasion'

Anti-establishment 5-Star leader sounds off to Bild

Grillo says Italy faces bankruptcy, wants 'German invasion'

(Updates related, previous stories). Berlin, April 23 - Beppe Grillo, the leader of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement that won around a quarter of the vote in February's general election, gave an incendiary interview to German daily Bild Tuesday, saying that the Italian State faces bankruptcy in the autumn and quipping that he would welcome an invasion from Germany. "Between September and October the State will run out of money and it will be difficult to pay pensions and salaries," Grillo said. "In Italy 30 lawmakers convicted of serious crimes sit in parliament," Grillo continued. "I'd like to have honest, competent, professional people in the right positions too. In this situation, I'd be happy with a German invasion of Italy," said Grillo. "The re-election of Giorgio Napolitano is the equivalent of a sneaky coup d'etat," Grillo declared, making reference to the 87-year-old Italian president, who was reinstated on Monday. Grillo attributed political support for Napolitano, who M5S opposed, to "the parties fighting for their survival". "The situation is not funny. In Italy, there is enormous anger. We keep this anger in check," Grillo said. Grillo called centre-right leader and ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi "finished" and complained that Italian small and medium businesses are "going bankrupt". When asked whether politics wasn't an art of compromise, Grillo responded, "Oh no, not compromise". "In Italy, new compromises have always been made for too long".

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