Beppe Grillo, The Man at the Heart of Italy's Political Gridlock

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Five-Star Movement activist and comedian Beppe Grillo looks on during a rally in Siena January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR3CWRA


The big winners of Italy's elections, former comedian Beppe Grillo and his anti-establishment Five Star Movement, are rejecting any talk of forming a ruling coalition and rattling the markets in the process. Anchor Marco Werman has excerpts of an interview Grillo gave the BBC Wednesday, explaining his thinking, and a clip from 20 years ago where Grillo tells a joke that still sounds relevant.
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