Now Italy’s 5-Star Wants Vote on Euro, Joining Wave of Referendums

Five Stars movement's leader Beppe Grillo shows a paper reading 'Out of the Euro - 50.000 signatures in a week-end' during a press conference on December 18, 2014 in Rome.
Italy‘s anti-establishment 5-Star movement, buoyed by big gains in local elections, has pressed demands for a referendum on whether to keep the euro, something that would add to a wave of plebiscites shaking politics across Europe. The fact that Britain is holding a referendum on whether to remain in the European Union showed the bloc was flawed and Italy needed to rethink its relations to the EU, 5-Star’s Luigi Di Maio, vice president of the lower house of parliament, said. Marine Le Pen, the leader of France‘s National Front, has said she wants a vote on EU membership. “All EU countries should have a referendum,” she told TF1 television. “The EU is in meltdown, it’s falling apart.” In recent months, the Netherlands has had a referendum on EU-Ukraine ties, and Italy on drilling rights, while Switzerland, which often holds plebiscites, is still at odds with the EU over a 2014 vote forcing the government to impose quotas on migrants from the bloc. “We want a consultative referendum on the euro,” Di Maio said during a talk show. “The euro as it is today does not work. We either have alternative currencies or a ‘Euro 2’.” 5-Star has suggested Europe adopt