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  League party Matteo Salvini, the one-time poster child of anti-euro populism, has enthusiastically embraced a new Italian government led by Mario Draghi. Photograph:  Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

For years Matteo Salvini was their “Capitano”, a fearless hero who antagonised Brussels and toured Italy in a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan “no m(...)

A young tourist wearing a protective facemask and a carnival mask visits the streets of Venice. Photograph: Andrea Pattaro/AFP via Getty Images)

With the dramatic spike in the number of cases of Covid-19 across northern Italy, people from Ireland planning to travel to the region are beginning t(...)

‘I just couldn’t imagine spending my old age sitting in front of the fire while the rain streamed down the windows outside.’

Retirement beckoned. I was living alone. My children were grown up and gone, pursuing their own lives, and I had been widowed for a long time. I suppo(...)

Italy’s postal service is fairly unreliable, and the case is not the first of its kind. File photograph: Jimmy Trueno/iStock

An Italian former postman is facing charges after police found 400kg of undelivered mail stashed in his home in the northern city of Turin. Police sa(...)

European stocks fell as turbulence in oil markets undermined risk appetite

European stocks fell as turbulence in oil markets, and the prospect of tough talks at a meeting of G7 leaders met in Italy, undermined risk appetite. (...)

 Meryl Streep: “Disrespect invites disrespect.”  Photograph: EPA/HFPA

Meryl Streep used her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday to criticise US president-elect Donald Trump fo(...)

The links to home are now sustained by software and silicon, lessening the need to substitute for them through tight-knit expat communities

The compact cemetery lies in serene opposition to the busy streets beyond its boundaries. There is a sense here of time standing still, with the sunl(...)

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Wall Street was higher in early evening trading on Monday, helped by a rise in financial and consumer discretionary stocks.

European shares edged up on Monday after sharp declines in the previous session, with German shares outperforming the broader market after a positive (...)