Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Italy’s wants greater flexibility on EU debt rules. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

What does Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi want? Greater flexibility on EU debt rules. Rome has been advocating for some time that certain catego(...)

Newly appointed Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (right) talks with Italian president Giorgio Napolitano during the swearing in ceremony for 16 new ministers at Quirinale palace in Rome today. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italian centre-left leader Matteo Renzi was sworn in as prime minister this morning, taking his oath of office from president Giorgio Napolitan(...)

People take part in a rally calling for lower taxes and better protection for small enterprises in downtown Rome

For how long will the “C” factor work for Italian prime minister-in-waiting Matteo Renzi? The “C” in question stands for “culo” (arse) which co(...)

Italy’s prime minister-designate Matteo Renzi arrives at the lower house of parliament in Rome on Tuesday for talks with parties on setting a government programme and forming a new cabinet. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/ EPA

A senior Italian centre-left figure and former minister has suggested that the team of prime minister-in-waiting Matteo Renzi is in a state of (...)

Italy’s prime minister Enrico Letta gestures during a news conference at Chigi Palace in Rome on Wednesday. He resisted  pressure  to resign and let centre-left leader Matteo Renzi form a new government. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italy’s prime minister Enrico Letta faces a showdown with his own centre-left party on Thursday that could lead to his resignation and the appo(...)

Democratic Party leader Matteo Renzi leaves Chigi Palace in Rome after a meeting with Italian prime minister Enrico Letta yesterday. Photograph: Alessandro di Meo/EPA

For the umpteenth time the fate of Italy’s 10-month old coalition government led by Enrico Le(...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: said to be planning to campaign on an anti-German platform in the  European elections. Photograph: Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Silvio Berlusconi is not giving up. Despite a conviction for tax fraud and a ban on him running for office, the billionaire leader of Italy’s centre-r(...)

Healthcare workers and supporters take part in a protest against the local government’s plans to cut public healthcare spending in Madrid last month. Photograph:  Reuters

The fast-moving political developments in Italy have pushed the country into the spotlight, but in Brussels the drama has come as no surprise.Ever sin(...)

Silvio Berlusconi  during a meeting in Rome in  2011.

In the immediate aftermath of the September 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers, then Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was quick to reassure Ital(...)

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(...)