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(...)

A protester against the Milan Expo holds a flare. Italian police clashed with demonstrators in Milan’s city centre at the start of the global food fair. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Italian police have fired tear gas at demonstrators as protests overshadowed the start of the Milan Expo, a global food fair that Italy’s government h(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: Opponents have claimed his confidence vote method is the same one used by fascist dictator Mussolini. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Despite opposition from within his own Democratic Party (PD), Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi ploughed ahead with his ambitious reform programme (...)

Migrants on board of Italian Navy ship ‘Chimera’ before disembarking in the southern harbour of Salerno. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters

This week the world looked on in horror as images of desperate migrants fleeing North Africa flashed across TV screens. The European Union has (...)

US president Barack Obama delivers a statpment in  White House in  on Thursday in which he apologised for a counterterrorism operation in January that accidentally killed two aid workers held hostage by al Qaeda. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president Barack Obama expressed his “deepest apologies” on behalf of his government over the killing of two aid workers, an American and an Itali(...)

A migrant (right) prepares to put on a pair of new shoes after disembarking at the Sicilian harbor of Catania. Some 220 migrants who were rescued at sea off the coast of Libya on Wednesday were taken to the Sicilian port of Catania early on Thursday. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

As EU leaders were preparing for an emergency summit in Brussels today to discuss Europe’s ongoing migrant crisis, another boatload of migrants was (...)

EU leaders at an emergency summit on the migration crisis on the Mediterranean.   Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

European Union leaders have committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit convened after hun(...)

Photograph released by Italian Police office of Ragusa, Sicily, shows a Turkish flagged yacht used by smugglers to transport migrants. Photograph: AP 1:00

The arrival in Ragusa, Sicily, on Tuesday night of a 25m-long luxury yacht sailed by three Syrians, with 98 Syrians and Palestinians, including 23 chi(...)

Migrants on board of Italian Navy ship ‘Chimera’ before disembarking in the southern harbour of Salerno. The catastrophe during the week may have pushed the issue of migration up the European political agenda, but finding a long-term, cohesive solution is likely to prove more difficult. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters 1:00

EU heads of state gather in Brussels on Thursday for an emergency summit on migration prompted by the deaths of more than 900 people in the Mediterran(...)