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 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 (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: The measure in question would exempt those convicted of tax crimes from punishment if the amount defrauded was less than 3 per cent of their total taxable income. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

The coalition Italian government of Matteo Renzi was forced into an embarrassing retreat yesterday after it emerged that one article in recently propo(...)

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. (...)