Chancellor and chairwoman of the German Christian Democrats, CDU, Angela Merkel, speaks during a press conference after the party’s weekly executive committee meeting in Berlin.

Germany’s Angela Merkel expressed regret that populist parties had done well in EU elections and said it was up to governments in countries like Franc(...)

Head of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) Heinz-Christian Strache (centre) and top candidate Harald Vilimsky (right) celebrate after European Parliament elections in Vienna.  The party ended on 20.5 per cent – up 7.8 per cent on 2009. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Italy: Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi’s centre-left Democratic Party (PD) was ahead of the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, according to an ex(...)

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is seen while a portrait of his wife Veronica Lario is projected in the background. Photograph:  Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

European election gimmick or bitter row between ex-husband and wife? Veronica Lario, former wife of media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi, at the weekend rea(...)

Silvio Berlusconi has been campaigning heavily for his   centre-right Italian party ‘Forza Italia’ ahead of the European elections this Friday. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Veronica Lario, former wife of media tycoon and Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, has reacted angrily to less than flattering photographs of h(...)

Silvio Berlusconi, leader of centre-right Italian party Forza Italia, greeting supporters in Rome this week. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

In more than 40 years of public life, former centre-right prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has never been accused of hiding his light under a bushel. (...)

Wall Street saw stocks fall in early trading amid profit-taking by investors. Photograph: Bloomberg

European stocks fell back from the six-year high reached on Tuesday as investors weighed earnings and equity valuations and media stocks ITV and Italy(...)

Last week’s scandals involving the Milan Expo exhibition and the Forza Italia party of Silvio Berlusconi (above) run the risk of turning a solid abstentionist vote into a Eurosceptic or protest vote. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Just when Italy needed them least, along came another set of Mafia and corruption scandals to set up the Eurosceptics for a field day when Italy vo(...)

Milan judges have ordered Mr Berlusconi to do at least four hours per week of community service, in the wake of a four year (reduced to one) sentence last year for tax fraud on the part of his Mediaset TV company. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi arrived 15 minutes early this morning for his community service appointment at the Sacra Famiglia old (...)

 Former Italian Minister Claudio Scajola leaves the Department Investigation against Mafia crimes  palace escorted by special police in Rome. Photograph: EPA

Ex-interior minister Claudio Scajola, a long-time political aide of former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, was arrested in Rome yesterday charged wi(...)

“We need a voice in Europe who can tackle Euroscepticism,”  says Liberal Democrat party leader Guy Verhofstadt. Photograph:  Benoit Doppagne/Reuters

The race in the European election for the presidency of the European Commission hardly features in the Irish campaign. But Guy Verhofstadt, candida(...)