Anna Maria Cancellieri: the justice minister yesterday denied any wrongdoing. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

Probably the last thing that Italy’s shaky seven-month old coalition government needed was a scandal involving one of the ministers in prime minister (...)

Italian prime minister-designate and deputy leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) Enrico Letta arrives to speak with reporters at the Quirinale Palace. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Italy’s two month long political stalemate appears to have finally ended following the announcement this evening that Democratic Party (PD) No (...)

It hardly seemed possible but the Italian parliament further complicated the current government crisis yesterday when for t(...)