Activists’ banners declare “EU Get your Ships Together!” during a ministerial meeting about migration at Fort St Angelo in Vittoriosa, Malta. Photograph: Domenic Aquilina

Four EU countries have sought to break the deadlock over European migration policy, as Italy’s new government underlined its move away from the hardli(...)

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, speaks with Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister, after a press conference ahead of their dinner at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

French president Emmanuel Macron’s short trip to Rome on Wednesday night ended the 15 worst months in Franco-Italian relations in recent memory, and s(...)

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (right): move is a gamble for the 44-year-old senator who is appealing to the political centre at a time when his popularity is low. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

Italy’s former prime minister Matteo Renzi has announced he is splitting from the centre-left Democratic Party to set up a new centrist political move(...)

Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio will be foreign minister in the new Italian government. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s president has given the green light to a new coalition government that is expected to be less confrontational towards the EU, pushing the anti(...)

Five Star Movement leader Luigi di Maio following a meeting with Italian president Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on August 28th. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italy’s Five Star Movement has voted heavily in favour of a coalition with a centre-left rival, putting the country on track for a new government and (...)

Matteo Salvini attends a farewell meeting with employees and officials. Photograph: Italian interior ministry/EPA

Matteo Salvini has called on his supporters to descend on Rome as Italy moves towards ousting his far-right League from power after his attempt to col(...)

League party leader Matteo Salvini leaves the Quirinal presidential palace in Rome following a meeting with Italian president  Sergio Mattarella on Wednesday. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Less than a month ago, Matteo Salvini was in his element, drinking mojitos, DJing and posing for countless selfies at Papeete, his favourite beach clu(...)

Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s premier-designate, arrives to speak during a news conference following a meeting with Italian president Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on Thursday. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Matteo Salvini thought he had pulled off a masterstroke when he brought down his own coalition government three weeks ago. Now it looks like a spectac(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader of the Five Star Movement,  Luigi Di Maio, speaks to reporters in Rome on Monday. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump weighed into Italy’s political crisis on Tuesday, saying he hoped Giuseppe Conte would be reinstated as prime minister, as t(...)

Nicola Zingaretti said a ‘turning-point’ government was needed marking a clear break from the policies of the previous government. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

The leader of Italy’s centre-left Democratic party (PD) is under pressure to relent to demands for Giuseppe Conte to lead a PD-Five Star Movement coal(...)

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