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Ukip vs “The Hof”: Why Italy’s Five Star Movement was rejected by EU liberals

The attempt by the liberal leader Guy Verhofstadt to form a controversial alliance with the populist Italian movement has failed, giving Ukip cause for celebration.

The United Kingdom Independence Party breathed a sigh of relief in Brussels last night (10 January) before toasting the apparent self-destruction of one of its great euro-bugbears – the “arch-federalist” Guy Verhofstadt.

Ukip had plenty to celebrate. They had snatched a resounding victory from the jaws of defeat. It looks like 2017 is carrying on where 2016 left off.

Earlier on Monday, it seemed as if millions of euros of EU funding for Ukip and its allies could be at risk.

>>Read: Whole article on New Statesman

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