Silvio Berlusconi, leader of centre-right Italian party Forza Italia, greeting supporters in Rome this week. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

In more than 40 years of public life, former centre-right prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has never been accused of hiding his light under a bushel. (...)

Enrico Letta arrives at the presidential palace to tender his resignation after his Democratic Party backed leader Matteo Renzi’s call for a new government. EPA/Alessandro Di Meo

Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigned his office as expected, on another dramatic day which saw Italy’s most r(...)

A former employee of Maflow automobile air conditioning company dismantles an old electronic device at the closed factory at Trezzano sul Naviglio near Milan.

Do not be fooled by the elegant, affable and cultured persona of 46-year-old Italian prime minister Enrico Letta. When he steps up to the plate to rep(...)

Beppe Grillo leaves after casting his vote at the polling station in Genoa in February this year. He has been accused of having an autocratic style of leadership. Photograph: Reuters

They say of left-wing politics that the first agenda item is the split. But Beppe Grillo, Italy’s comic-turned-politician, is above all that. Or so he(...)

Centre-left Ignazio Marino celebrates after being elected new mayor of Rome.

Italian politics has produced yet another helter-skelter moment with the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) walking away with almost all the spoils in (...)