British prime minister David Cameron at the EU  summit in Brussels. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

By their denials, or, more importantly, by the lack of them, shall ye know them. This is usually a good guide to working out the private thoughts of p(...)

Migrants disembark from a Norwegian vessel in the Sicilian harbour of Palermo. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters 2:07

European Union leaders have finally reached a highly conditional deal to help illegal immigrants who have fled across the Mediterranean in recent mont(...)

A migrant is carried  aboard the Germany navy’s frigate ‘Hessen’ earlier this month,  before being brought to the port of Palermo, Sicily. EPA/GERMANY NAVY

The search for peace and food that is forcing thousands of women and men, often with their young children in tow, to risk their lives reachi(...)

Migrants camp at the seaside near the French border in Ventimiglia, Italy. Hundreds of migrants have headed to Ventimiglia over the past days, as French border police started systematically turning back people crossing over illegally. Photograph: Luca Zennaro/EPA

The EU failed to make concrete progress on measures to tackle the migration crisis in the Mediterranean on Tuesday amid mounting indications that Ital(...)

Migrants protect themselves with emergency blankets against  a sudden rainstorm  on the sea wall at the Saint Ludovic border crossing between  Italy and France on Sunday,  June 14th. Photograph:  Jean-Pierre Amet/Reuters 0:44

With 100 Africans sleeping on rocks overlooking the Italian coast after being turned back at the French border, Rome and Paris argued yesterday over (...)

Germany soldiers helping migrants in rubber dinghies to board the German navy’s frigate “Hessen” following a rescue operation at an unspecified location in the Mediterranean Sea yesterday

An international rescue fleet plucked almost 5,900 migrants from rickety boats making the perilous sea crossing for north Africa to Europe yesterday a(...)

Centre-left candidates backed by Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party won five out of seven regions that voted on Sunday. Photograph: Tiberio Barchielli/Palazzo Chigi/EPA

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi’s ruling centre-left party promised on Monday to push on with its reform agenda after anti-establishment and euro-(...)

Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi campaigning in Ameglia on Sunday. Photograph: Paolo Zeggio/EPA

Even Homer nods, or in this case scores an own goal. Former prime minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi got his campaign rallies confused the other nig(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: “The EU has accepted the problem is not only Italy’s. It has agreed to send ships but now they have to accept the quota system.” Photograph: EPA/Angelo Carconi

Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, has accused other EU members states of shirking their responsibility to accept asylum seekers after Spain and(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: said the new legislation will create clarity and stability as it should shield governments from being undermined by political or electoral allies. Photograph: Olivier Morinolivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi recorded an important success in his ambitious programme of institutional reform when Italy’s lower house tonight(...)