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Italy’s comic turn

Liste Civiche Nuovo Rinascimento

Another Prodi government falls, albeit with at least some grace. The FT joins the recent chorus of English language newspapers reveling in a beautiful country’s ugly decline. Italy looks on with resigned disdain at a distant political class seemingly incapable of action. Perhaps it takes a comic to believe that some form of pride can be restored to the country through a hard hitting blog and a web-based election list where anyone can put themselves forward as a candidate?

Comic come internet activist leader, Beppe Grillo, chose yesterday the day of Prodi’s demise to launch his Civic Lists on his popular blog (available in Italian, English and Japanese). The lists are the promised follow up to the first Vaffa Day and his push for a popular law to clean up Italian politics. Potential candidates should not be or have been members of political parties or hold a criminal record to put forward their candidacy on the website for standing on lists for local elections. Can Beppe and his lists make a difference? Hopefully, yes, in some small way. Another Vaffa Day is due in April.

January 25, 2008 at 11:25 pm Leave a comment

The summer may be over but Italy continues to shout Vaffa

In the early summer we mentioned Italian comic turned online political activist Beppe Grillo and his efforts to gather the signatures needed to introduce a popular law in Italy. From all the attention he has been getting in recent days in the Italian media, it seems Beppe is causing a few sleepless nights for the elected politicians as he continues his campaign to rock the political establishment of the country. Especially as it has been reported that his V-day campaign netted around 300,000 signatories.

Last night’s Rai Uno (Italian public broadcaster) evening news, which some of us are compelled to watch, dedicated a substantial part of their broadcast to his activities. The same channel’s pseudo political chat show, Porta Porta, also debated the campaign, with the likes of Prof. Prodi commenting on Vaffa-Day. Whether you are a showgirl (velina), tv presenter or politician, you know when you’ve made it in Italy when Porta Porta presenter Bruno Vespa gives you a call. It seems therefore that online grassroots campaigning has truly arrived in Italy.

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September 18, 2007 at 2:50 pm 1 comment

Postcard from Italy – From D’Alema to Vaffa

A view of the pretty Ligurian fishing village of Vaffa (sometimes known as Camogli)

“Unity in Diversity” is the EU’s motto, although not of course officially. As it is true that to understand the EU we must at least occasionally look at what’s going on outside our Brussels Bubble, we thought we’d venture out into the light and commence our virtual Grand Tour of what’s going on out there in Member State land. This being the summer, as a first stop we followed the rest of Brussels and headed south to warmer climes in Italy.

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July 16, 2007 at 3:43 pm 1 comment


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