Italy: Send in the Clowns

Italy: Send in the Clowns

In the midst of an economic and social crisis that could ruin their country and all of Europe, Italians voted for professional comedian Beppe Grillo and aged laughing stock Silvio Berlusconi.


“Italy Chooses None of the Above,” New York Times editorial

“Gridlock in Italy after huge protest vote for comedian Beppe Grillo,” Andrea Vogt, The Week

“Why Italians Vote for Berlusconi,” Francesco Giumelli and Davide Maneschi, New York Times

“Europe Frets over Italy: ‘Two Clowns Won the Election,'” Der Spiegel online

“Italy’s Election Results Are Bad News for All of Us,” Douglas J. Elliott, Brookings Institution

“Everything You Need to Know About the Italian Election Threatening the World Economy,” Matthew O’Brien, The Atlantic

Beppe Grillo’s blog, in English


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Image (“Italy: Send in the Clowns, after Andre Derain”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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