Potholes  on the Piazza Venezia in front of the Altare della Patria, the unknown soldier monument, in  Rome. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

It is 6am on a Sunday and the streets of the Ostiense neighbourhood in southern Rome are empty. The metro has just opened and nearby cafes await their(...)

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: “I think the news of the death of Europe at the hand of populism has been greatly exaggerated.”  Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti

Matteo Renzi’s office, in a 16th-century Roman palazzo opposite Italy’s senate, is incongruously decorated with mementos of his time as a jet-setting (...)

Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, is being investigated by Sicilian prosecutors over his blocking a coastguard vessel from entering Italy in August last year with 177 migrants on board. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Members of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement have voted to block a kidnapping trial against Matteo Salvini, leader of League, averting pos(...)

 Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini: enjoys immunity from prosecution unless the Senate votes to lift it, which would require Five Star to vote to do so. Photograph:    Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement will on Monday vote on whether to lift the legal immunity on Matteo Salvini, leader of its coalition par(...)

 French policemen hold up French and EU flags on the facade of Farnese Palace, the French embassy in Rome. File photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

France recalled its ambassador to Rome on Thursday, for the first time since Italy declared war on France in 1940. The move signifies a serious ruptur(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister  Luigi Di Maio, who has met a senior figure from the gilets jaunes protest movement in France. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Luigi Di Maio, the Italian deputy prime minister and leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), has met a senior figure from the gilet(...)

European commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis said Italy urgently needed to restore investor confidence. Photograph: Reuters

Rome and Brussels have ended their long-running feud over Italy’s 2019 budget, striking a deal on spending plans that had rattled investors and stoked(...)

  Italian vice premier and labour minister Luigi Di Maio during question time at the Chamber of Deputies, Rome . Photogrpah: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Italy’s deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio on Thursday reiterated his country had no plans to leave the single currency, but it would not change its (...)

The  Aquarius rescue vessel pictured during a rescue drill between Lampedusa and Tunisia on June 23rd last. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

The Panama Maritime Authority has revoked the registration of search-and-rescue ship Aquarius 2 in a move that means there will be no charity rescue s(...)

Cecile Kyenge, photographed in Rome in  July 2013 when she was Italy’s integration minister. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli /AFP/Getty Images)

When Cécile Kyenge was appointed Italy’s first black government minister in 2013, she was likened to an “orang-utan” by a politician from the country’(...)

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