by Daily Bell Staff
The Daily Bell
Italy’s Matteo Renzi buffeted on all fronts … Matteo Renzi is facing months of domestic challenges, including a referendum that could bring him down Matteo Renzi’s nickname is Il Rottamatore – the Demolition Man. Italy’s prime minister wears the name proudly, advertising his desire to tear through the mouldering institutions of the Italian state. But this year, his main target for demolition may, by accident, be himself. – BBC
The BBC is portraying Matteo Renzi as being “buffeted” but it is George Soros who is doing a lot of the buffeting.
Behind the scenes he is affiliated with the “Five Star Movement” that is now Italy’s most popular party, according to opinion polls.
The movement, founded in 2009 by comedian Beppe Grillo, has won support for its anti-establishment, populist views. Its critics accuse it of being an ad hoc protest movement which has yet to present a coherent plan for government.