Eurosceptic parties who take a dim view of the EU, admire Brexit, and demand the real concerns of the voters are listened to are in a commanding position as the last ballot papers in the Italian Election are counted.
The Five Star Movement and the Northern League made significant gains in the Italian general election, with a hung parliament now on the cards, political analysts have said.
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In a poll which is already being compared to the Brexit referendum and the 2016 election of Donald Trump in the United States, Five Star scooped 31 per cent of the vote.
This means it will be the largest single party in both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, the two chambers which together make up the Italian Parliament.
Furthermore, in a development which surely rankles former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, his Forza Italia Party was outshone by controversial right-winger Matteo Salvini’s Northern League.
Together with two other parties, Brothers of Italy and Us with Italy, both Forza and the League are members of the Centre-right coalition which won a combined total of just over 37 per cent.
However, the League took more than 18 per cent of the overall vote, compared with less than 14 per cent for Forza Italia.
The election comes as a significant blow to Europhile parties, with the Centre-left coalition’s share…