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U.S. Ambassador in Rome Criticized by PD After Praise for Grillo

U.S. Ambassador to Italy David Thorne urged an assembly of high-school students in Rome to emulate the upstart political movement of ex-comic Beppe Grillo and push to create a society where merit is rewarded.

“I know there’s a problem with meritocracy,” Thorne said today, according to a video posted on the Internet. “But you can take control of your country and act like the Five Star Movement, push for reforms and change.”