Democratic Party (PD) leader and Florence mayor, Matteo Renzi, during a ceremony at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, today. He is set to become prime minister today when asked to form a government by the president. Photograph: Maurizio Degl’ Innocenti/EPA

Italy’s most recent government crisis went into overdrive today as the “irrevocable” resignation of prime minister Enrico Letta was officially (...)

Pope John Paul II in 2005. The late pontiff is credited with a significant role in the fall of communism. Photograph: Reuters/Max Rossi

It is probable the crowds in Rome on April 27th next year will be the largest seen there since the funeral of Pope John Paul II in 2005. The announcem(...)