An officer looks at a monitor showing  the area where a boat believed to be crowded with  as many as 700 migrants capsized in the waters north of Libya on Sunday. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/AP

From the moment that the Matteo Renzi-led government announced last November that the Italian navy-run “Mare Nostrum” search-and-rescue operation in (...)

A line of hearses as the bodies of migrants are unloaded from an Italian ship at Lampedusa harbour, Italy, yesterday. More than 330 migrants are feared dead following the most serious string of accidents in the Mediterranean since the start of the year. Photograph: EPA

The recent Mediterranean tragedy in which up to 400 African migrants may have died has prompted criticism of the EU’s Triton border control mission. W(...)

Silvio Berlusconi sits in studio of the ‘Porta A Porta’ TV show while a portrait of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi is displayed in the background. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images.

Strange but true, media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi remains politically alive and well. What is more, as things stand, he is guaranteed to have a major s(...)

The only person to serve a second term  as Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano has been in the Quirinale Palace, the official presidential residence, for nine years. Photograph: Reuters

Italy may be headed for another period of political turbulence following the expected resignation today of President Giorgio Napolitano (89).Just befo(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (centre): while the “demolition man” was going to clean up politics, his 10 months in office have been marked by public administration scandals involving organised crime.  Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

When Italy’s dynamic 39-year-old prime minister Matteo Renzi first appeared on the international scene this year at EU, G20, Nato and other summits, h(...)

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi speaking at the first day of school at the Pino Puglisi Institute  in Palermo,on Monday. Renzi told parliament yesterday that the government’s reform package Italy’s ‘last chance’ to combat its chronic economic decline. Photograph: EPA

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi has called his government’s 1,000-day reform package Italy’s “last chance” to combat its chronic economic decline(...)

 Pope Francis eating lunch   at the Vatican workers’ cafeteria in July 2014. Photograph: AP Photo/L’osservatore Romano

Around here, the times they are a changin’ . . . or are they? From Pope Francis through to current Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, there is ce(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi won a final parliamentary vote of confidence today after pledging to slash red tape and “revolutionise” the economy. Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi won a final parliamentary vote of confidence today after pledging to slash red tape and “revolutionise” th(...)

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi speaks during a confidence vote at the senate in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

On the morning after winning his first vote of confidence in the Italian senate, newly appointed Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi began the (...)

 Italy’s new prime minister, Matteo Renzi,  is  pursued by the media as he leaves a church after attending Sunday Mass near Florence yesterday.   Photograph:  Maurizio Degl’Innocenti

In keeping with his innovative image, Italy’s youngest prime minister, Matteo Renzi, yesterday started his first (...)