Pope Francis: will receive the Charlemagne Prize at a ceremony in the Vatican on Friday. Photograph:  Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union has failed to fulfil its founding promise of better economic security, conditions and opportunities for its citizens, the president(...)

 Pope Francis   with US vice-president Joe Biden. Photograph: AFP Photo/Osservatore Romano

For the second time in this US election year, a senior Democratic figure, on Friday, dropped in on Pope Francis at the Vatican.   Two weeks’ ag(...)

 Riot police clash with protesters during a rally against the Austrian government’s planned re-introduction of border controls at the Brenner Pass, Austria. Photograph: Jan Hetfleisch/EPA

Austria plans to build a fence at the border with Italy as part of its preparations for controls to be introduced if a surge in migrant arrivals mater(...)

Pier Carlo Padoan, Italy’s finance minister, who has announced an industry-led bailout programme for the country’s troubled banking sector. Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

It remains unclear if a new plan proposed on Monday by finance minister Pier Carlo Padoan to deal with a potential Italian banking crisis, will prove (...)

 Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi  earlier this year struck an agreement with the European Commission that allows banks to bundle their soured loans into securities for sale, while purchasing a state guarantee for the least-risky portion.  (Photograph: ANGELO CARCONI/EPA)

Italian officials and financial firms agreed to create a multibillion-euro fund to help weakened banks raise capital and unload bad loans, as th(...)

Giulio Regeni’s tortured body was found in Cairo on February 3rd. Photograph: Egyptian Interior Ministry/EPA

Italy’s foreign minister has warned he is ready to take “proportional” action if Egypt does not speed up the pace of its investigation into the murder(...)

Murdered Italian researcher Giulio Regeni’s personal belongings which Egypt’s interior ministry has said were found at a gang member’s house. Photograph: Egyptian interior ministry via AP

Egypt has postponed a meeting in Rome at which a Cairo delegation was due to hand over evidence relating to the torture and murder of the Italian rese(...)

US president Barack Obama with his Argentinian counterpart Mauricio Macri at the Casa Rosada presidential palace in Buenos Aires on Wednesday. Photograph:  Natacha Pisarenko/AFP/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama met Argentina’s new centre-right leader Mauricio Macri on Wednesday on a visit to reset diplomatic relations and strengthen (...)

EU high representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini is pushing for a general discussion on the EU’s sanctions policy. Photograph: Getty Images

The announcement by Russia that it would withdraw troops from Syria was almost as surprising as its original decision six months ago to intervene in t(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: The killing in Libya  of two Italian construction workers has put the traditional  policy of Mediterranean “dialogue” under  pressure. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Last Sunday, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi appeared on the Canale 5 programme Domenica Live (Sunday Live) and made an important statement: “As l(...)