Italy’s top court on Friday annulled the conviction of American Amanda Knox for the 2007 murder of British student Meredith Kercher and, in a surprise verdict, acquitted her of the charge. Photograph: Anthony Bolante/Reuters

The eight year long Meredith Kercher murder trial has finally achieved closure after a surprise ruling in which Italy’s Supreme Court definitively acq(...)

New Italian president Sergio Mattarella arrives at the Constitutional Court in Rome. Photograph:  Ettore Ferrari/EPA

For Sergio Matarella, the man elected today as Italy’s 12th president, all changed on the morning of January 6th, 1980. That was the day when a Cosa N(...)

Key players: former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbatchev, former US president George Bush and former German chancellor Helmut Kohl

329 days. Eleven months between the opening of the Wall and the “day of German unity”, the day when the two Germanys came together formally as (...)

Throughout his career, Paolo Sorrentino has had to endure unhelpful comparisons with his great compatriot Federico Fellini. With his follow-up (...)

 Giulio Andreotti: many Italians believed he was the quintessential back-room wheeler-dealer, overseeing a political system riddled with cronyism and corruption. Photograph: AP Photo/Plinio Lepri

Giulio Andreotti, who died last Monday aged 94, served as Italian prime minister seven times and for more than half a century was known as “Mr (...)

The coffin of former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti is carried from St John of the Florentines church following his funeral  in  Rome on Tuesday.

So this is “Beelzebub”, the very devil himself. It was a fresh autumn night in 1997. I had gone around to Palazzo Giustiniani, half way between(...)

Former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti embodied, more than anyone else, the postwar First Republic in all its controversies, scandals and mysteries. Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Seven times prime minister of Italy Giulio Andreotti, one of the country’s most influential postwar politicians, died yesterday in Rome at the (...)