Silvio Berlusconi sits in studio of the ‘Porta A Porta’ TV show while a portrait of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi is displayed in the background. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images.

Strange but true, media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi remains politically alive and well. What is more, as things stand, he is guaranteed to have a major s(...)

The only person to serve a second term  as Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano has been in the Quirinale Palace, the official presidential residence, for nine years. Photograph: Reuters

Italy may be headed for another period of political turbulence following the expected resignation today of President Giorgio Napolitano (89).Just befo(...)

Among the highest priority items in David O’Sullivan’s new job are negotiations aimed to secure a trade agreement between the EU and US.

Irishman David O’Sullivan has formally taken up his new role as European Union ambassador to the United States after presenting his credentials to pre(...)

 Luxembourg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna (right) speaking to Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Mr Gramegna was in defensive mode today

Luxembourg’s finance minister staunchly defended his country’s tax regime today, arguing that the tax deals revealed in The Irish Times and other m(...)

David O’Sullivan: the  chief operating officer of the European Union’s diplomatic corps, the European External Action Service

Sitting in his office in the European External Action Services (EEAS) headquarters in central Brussels, David O’Sullivan apologises for the bareness o(...)

Irishman David O’Sullivan (61) will take up a four-year post as EU ambassador to the United States in September.

Irishman David O’Sullivan has been appointed as the next EU ambassador to the United States. In a statement today, European Union foreign policy chief(...)

David O’Sullivan will take up his post later in the year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The appointment of Irishman David O’Sullivan as EU ambassador to the United States will be announced early next week, the Irish Times understan(...)

David O’Sullivan: considered to  be one of the EU’s most senior civil servants

Irishman David O’Sullivan is set to be appointed the next EU ambassador to Washington. Mr O’Sullivan (60), the top official at the EU’s foreign(...)

Renato Ruggiero, who has died aged 83, was born in Naples in 1930 and studied law at Naples University, graduating in 1953. He entered the Italian dip(...)

 Former Italian prime minister  Silvio Berlusconi attends  the senate in Rome last month.  He said  this week  the ruling had confirmed his belief that a part of judiciary was out of control, claiming  he was the victim of a political witchhunt by left-wing magistrates. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP

In the wake of the tsunami that hit Italian politics on Thursday night, when former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was adjudged guilty of tax evasio(...)