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Italy's Renzi Faces Grillo Challenge Ahead Of EU Election

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May 18, 2014 AT 6:25 AM
Next week's European parliamentary elections have turned into a showdown between Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the anti-establishment movement of comic Beppe Grillo that could decide the future of the government. The ballot on May 25 will be the first national election ever faced by the 39-year-old Renzi, who came to power in February after a party coup which forced out his predecessor Enrico Letta. More than a vote about Europe, it is a test of his own political legitimacy and his ability to meet the challenge posed by Grillo's proven appeal to an angry electorate disillusioned by recession, unemployment and rampant political corruption.