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Time for Italy’s M5S to face reality on TAP

The populist party, which forms part of Italy’s ruling coalition, may soon ditch its resistance to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline The populist party, which forms part of Italy’s ruling coalition, may soon ditch its resistance to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline.
By The Wildcat 29 June 2018 0 31524
Pipelaying for the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline in Greece. (TAP)

Italy’s Five Star Movement (M5S) may finally be recognising the cost of its opposition to the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) project. But while some M5S members are coming around to the prospect of making a policy U-turn, it may be too late for Italy to avoid penalties. 

Senator Gianni Girotto, a hard-line opponent of TAP and coordinator of M5S’s energy programme, officially remains committed to the party’s ‘No TAP’ line. However, he recently decided to commission a study on the fines Italy may incur from halting the...