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(...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi watches a Italian Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Lazio at the San Siro stadium in Milan on August 31st. Photograph: Reuters

The Italian mafia’s former “boss of bosses”, Toto Riina, in prison since 1993, has claimed ex-prime minister Silvio Berlusconi paid protection mone(...)

Staff members fix the microphone before Laura Boldrini from the centre-left gives a speech after the vote electing her as the new lower house president at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome. Photograph: Reuters

Italy continues to run the risk of a second general election in five months following the opening of parliament at the (...)