Following a strongly divisive electoral campaign, Italy awoke on Monday 5 March 2018 to a completely different Parliament. Having obtained 32.6 per cent of the vote share, the Five Star Movement – led by the 31-year-old Luigi Di Maio – became the largest Italian party, in a result that contradicted the predictions of several surveys published just weeks before.

The Five Star Movement: how a comedian’s non-party became Italy’s biggest political force is a feature article written for British magazine The New Statesman which analyses the rise of the most voted Italian party in the 2018 general election.