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The group is made up of people of Italian descent who share the views of 5 Stars Movement.

The Five Star Movement is a political party in Italy started by Beppe Grillo, a popular activist, comedian and blogger, and Gianroberto Casaleggio, a web strategist, on 4 October 2009. M5S is considered populistanti-establishmentenvironmentalist, andEurosceptic. Grillo himself provocatively referred to his movement as "populist" during a meeting held in Rome on 30 October 2013 with elected M5S senators. The party also advocates direct democracyfree access to the Internet, the principles of "zero-cost politics", nonviolence, and degrowth.

Party members stress that the M5S is not a party but a "movement" and it may not be included in the traditional left right paradigm. The "five stars" are a reference to five key issues: public watersustainable transportsustainable developmentconnectivity, and environmentalismBeppe Grillo and several party members strongly condemned all recent western wars (AfghanistanIraqLibyaSyria) and Italian military and foreign policy.

At the 2013 general election M5S was the single largest political party with 25.6% of the vote in the Chamber of Deputies and obtained 109 deputies.

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