Sputnik: Can such parallels really be drawn between the Yellow Vest movement, which is rooted in ideas such as the defence of workers' rights and other arguably socialist values, and the Italian Five Star movement and the Northern League party which are described as right-wing, anti-immigrant parties?
And also what is interesting is that they are assimilated traditionally to the left and right movements and they have shown that together they have more in common than what separates them because they are in power today and visibly it's working well in Italy.
In France it's the same thing, the Yellow Vests is a traditional movement combining those from the left and the right who have not been voting in these past decades. And they've found a common platform on which they can discuss.
Sputnik: What identifiable differences are there between Di Maio's politics and the Yellow Vests?
Nikola Mirkovic: What is different between Italy and France is that the Yellow Vest movement does not have a charismatic leader so far; this is still something which is not organized, it has different local leaders but is not organized like a political party. But in terms of what they are saying, they are very similar.
Sputnik: What does Luigi di Maio have to gain politically from staging such blatant support for the Yellow Vests?
Italy feels as if there is some big engine, big motor running Europe and it's not in there. It definitely has pinpointed Macron as the person responsible for the situation, leaving Italy on the side.
Also, don't forget Macron has been very tough on the Italian government, he called them populist, said they were not real politicians, said they would ruin the country on different issues, on immigration also. Macron has constantly tackled the Italian government, and I think Di Maio now is getting his revenge.
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