Comedian-Politicians Are No Joke in Europe
Across Central and Eastern Europe, groups that started by playfully mocking those in power are turning into real political forces, OZY reports. Hungary’s Two-Tailed Dog Party began with low-level stunts a decade ago, but now boasts thousands of members — accounting for around 5 percent of the voter share. In Ukraine, TV star Volodymyr Zelensky is topping the country’s presidential polls. And Italy’s 5-Star Movement, founded by jokester Beppe Grillo, now controls the government.
Aren’t these forces just for protest votes? Not anymore: Parties are working on platforms rather than pranks to build infrastructure and field candidates for real election gains.