Leader of the Five-Star Movement Beppe Grillo talks to reporters at the end of consultations with Italian prime minister-designate Matteo Renzi at the parliament in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

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Comic-turned-politician and leader of the 5-Star Movement Beppe Grillo. (AP Photo/Mauro Scrobogna, Lapresse)

Ex-comedian Beppe Grillo represents at one and the same time the best and the worst of Italian democracy. At first glance, his 5-Star Movement (...)