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 (...)

Popolo della Liberta party deputy Alessandra Mussolini wears a T-shirt with a slogan that translates as “The Devil wears Prodi” as Italy’s parliament voted for the president of the republic . Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Italy’s protracted political stalemate took a dramatic turn on Saturday when a bitterly divided Democratic Party (PD) had to h(...)

 Members of the Italian parliament in Rome vote yesterday for a successor to Giorgio Napolitano. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Italy took a major step towards resolving the political stalemate that has blocked political life since the February general election when it r(...)

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano leaves after a media conference at the Quirinale palace in Rome. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Five weeks after last month’s inconclusive general election, Italy seems no closer to resolving its ongoing government crisis. In what looks li(...)

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano addresses the media, at Rome's Quirinale presidential palace earlier this month.

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano today ruled out standing down to make way for new parliamentary elections after the failure of attempts to(...)

Pier Luigi Bersani during a news conference following a meeting with Italian president Giorgio Napolitano in Rome yesterday. Photograph:Tony Gentile/Reuters

Italy’s ongoing government – or indeed no-government – crisis appeared to deepen last night when centre-left lead(...)

A rise in Italy's funding costs delivered an extra blow for the euro, which is  already suffering from ramifications of the rescue deal for Cyprus.  Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

The euro languished at four-month lows today, after a rise in Italy's funding costs delivered an extra blow for the currency already suffering (...)

Lack of progress in forming a new government and worries about Cyprus's bailout hit demand for Italy’s debt. Photographer: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg

Italy paid more to borrow over five years than it has since October at an auction today as lack of progress in forming a new government and wor(...)

Italian centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersanihas been invited to form government by president Giorgio NapolitanoPhotograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano today asked Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani to try to form a government, a month after inconclu(...)

Staff members fix the microphone before Laura Boldrini from the centre-left gives a speech after the vote electing her as the new lower house president at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome. Photograph: Reuters

Italy continues to run the risk of a second general election in five months following the opening of parliament at the (...)