Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi:  Instead of reforming the public administration or the judiciary, he has opted for a cut in the housing tax. Photograph: Olivier Morin/AFP/Getty Images

Yoram Gutgeld last week made one of the most astonishing economic statements I have heard in a long time. The adviser to prime minister Matteo Renzi s(...)

Ezio Greggio (left) on his weekly satirical news show: the Italian television star paid a €45,000 fine to avoid a jail sentence for tax evasion

It’s not just internet behemoths and luxury goods giants that use Ireland to dodge taxes. One of Italy’s top television stars this week paid a €45,000(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin (right) and former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi visit an Italian war cemetery near the Black Sea port of Sevastopol. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin appeared to be having a great time when he and the disgraced former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi popped a(...)

At a news conference in Milan this week, prosecutors claimed Mr Berlusconi has spent more than €10 million in the last four years bribing young ladies who attended the infamous parties, in order to buy their silence on the witness stand. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/ EPA

Last Christmas, Karima El Mahroug, “Ruby” of the Berlusconi Rubygate trials to you, opted to have a holiday break in the Maldives. On the day she and (...)

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(...)

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti faces the media in Turin yesterday.  Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

The first reaction, outside the madhouse that is Real Madrid, is one of incredulity. Carlo Ancelotti, the manager who won the Champions League last s(...)

AC Milan’s coach Filippo Inzaghi looks on during their Italian Serie A 3-1 defeat to Genoa at the San Siro on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters.

The message was spelled out not with the usual banners and bedsheets but instead with human bodies. On the Curva Sud at San Siro, hundreds of Milan s(...)

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 (...)

Anti-G8 protesters hide behind a burning car as they fight police on July 21st, 2001, in Genoa, Italy. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

In a landmark judgment, the European Court of Human Rights yesterday found Italy guilty of using “torture” against protesters at the G8 Summit in Gen(...)

On the morning after his acquittal in the so-called “Rubygate” trial, 78-year-old former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly ready to reassume full time political activity. Having won one case, the Rubygate trial,Photograph: GIUSEPPE CACACE/Getty Images

On the morning after his acquittal in the so-called “Rubygate” trial, 78-year-old former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly ready to reass(...)