Italian journalists Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi and PR consultant Francesca Chaouqui   during the Vatileaks 2 trial in the Vatican. Photograph: EPA/L’Osservatore Romano

The ongoing Vatican City trial into the theft of confidential Holy See documents, popularly known as Vatileaks 2, took a sensational turn this (...)

Co-ordination: French president Francois Hollande talks to British prime minister David Cameron after a meeting at the Elysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

President Francois Hollande is retaliating with diplomatic and military means against Islamic State for the November 13th attacks that killed 130 peop(...)

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi:  Instead of reforming the public administration or the judiciary, he has opted for a cut in the housing tax. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

Yoram Gutgeld last week made one of the most astonishing economic statements I have heard in a long time. The adviser to prime minister Matteo Renzi s(...)

Two men pay their repects before laying flowers at a rail cordon close to the Bataclan theatre in the 11th district of Paris on Saturday. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

The abhorrent terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night have shocked the European Union, and left leaders grappling to respond to one of the worst(...)

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi: Made off-the-cuff remarks to party members. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi yesterday found himself caught up in bitter exchanges with former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis followin(...)

 Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi said Labour party will struggle with  Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader. Photograph: EPA

Britain’s opposition Labour party has committed electoral suicide by picking left-winger Jeremy Corbyn as its new leader, Italian prime minister Matt(...)

Last year’s investment  in Italia by Etihad – which valued the Italian carrier at €1.7bn –  had generated hopes of a turnaround and a return to earnings by 2017. Photographer: Victor Sokolowicz/Bloomberg

Alitalia chief executive Silvano Cassano has stepped down abruptly for “personal reasons”, ushering in fresh uncertainty at Italy’s flagship airline a(...)

Bono performing in U2’s “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” tour, September 2015. Photograph: Paul Bergen/AFP/Getty Images

Late at night, in a fast car on the motorway between Turin and Milan, en route to meet the Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, Bono goes quiet before(...)

Flavia Pennetta  kisses the US Open trophy after beating fellow Italian Roberta Vinci  in the US Open 2015 women’s single final. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

Storm clouds were gathering overhead and the wind was kicking up as Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci walked off the court together, having played the(...)

Flavia Pennetta of Italy kisses the US Open trophy after defeating fellow Italian Roberta Vinci in their US Open 2015 women’s single final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center. Photograph: Getty Images

Flavia Pennetta won her first grand slam singles title over Roberta Vinci in an improbable all-Italian US Open final on Saturday then added one more s(...)