A file image of migrants sitting on a boat during a rescue operation by the Italian navy some 60km off the coast of Libya earlier this month. The Italian navy found some 30 people dead on a migrant boat this weekend and rescued about 5,000 others. Photograph: Marina Militare/Handout via Reuters.

About 30 people have been found dead on a boat packed with migrants off the coast of Sicily. Italy’s navy also rescued thousands of others who were(...)

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(...)

Enrico Letta arrives at the presidential palace to tender his resignation after his Democratic Party backed leader Matteo Renzi’s call for a new government. EPA/Alessandro Di Meo

Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigned his office as expected, on another dramatic day which saw Italy’s most r(...)

British soldiers in the trenches on the Western Front during the first World War. Italy famously changed sides in 1915, entering the war on the side of Britain, France and Russia. Photograph: Reuters

If I were to ask you to name a patriot executed in 1916 by a colonial power for his nationalist beliefs, you might think of Pádraig Pearse, Joseph (...)

 Berlusconi claims  his expulsion would represent “a mortal wound for Italian democracy”. Photograph: EPA/Luigi Mistrulli

Today is “D Day” in the Italian Senate for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. The “D” stands for “decadenza” or the expulsion of the centre righ(...)

Geert Wilders, leader of the Netherlands’s Party for Freedom, and far-right leader Marine Le Pen of France, address a news conference in The Hague today. Photograph: Toussaint Kluiters/Reuters

Two of Europe’s most high-profile right-wing leaders, Marine le Pen and Geert Wilders, finally went public today and announced the birth of a “histori(...)

Italy’s minister for integration Cecile Kyenge. Photograph: AFP

    An Italian politician has likened the country’s first black minister, Cecile Kyenge, to a prostitute in the latest of a ba(...)

Italian minister for integration Cecile Kyenge: “As a minister my security is fully guaranteed but there are plenty of [immigrant] people today who suffer similar insults and who have no protection.” Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Italy’s black integration minister, Congolese-born Cécile Kyenge, yesterday said she feared for the safety of Italy’s five-million-strong immigrant co(...)

Italian Minister for Integration Cecile Kyenge attend a news conference in Rome last month. Photograph:  Tony Gentile/Reuters

Italy’s first black minister, a target of racist slurs since her appointment in April, has condemned a spectator who threw bananas towards her whil(...)

Italian minister for integration Cécile Kyenge. She   adopted a dignified tone when asked about the incident.  Photograph: Reuters

The fundamentally crude and xenophobic nature of the federalist Northern League was highlighted last weekend when a senior party figure, former minist(...)