Italian premier Giuseppe Conte: attacked for his statement over the weekend that the measures would allow Italians to have a “serene” Christmas. Photograph: Roberto Monaldo/LaPresse via AP

A year ago Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte was facing multiple domestic crises and in charge of an unstable government made up of two parties th(...)

League party leader Matteo Salvini addresses the media  in Milan on Monday. Photograph:  Piero Cruciatti/AFP via Getty Images

Matteo Salvini’s anti-migration opposition League party suffered a disappointing round of regional election results in Italy as it failed to win in th(...)

League party leader Matteo Salvini in Cernobbio, near Como: He has pleaded for President Sergio Mattarella to call national elections sooner rather than later. Photograph: Marco Ottico/EPA

Italy’s ruling Democratic party is facing a watershed moment this weekend as it contemplates losing control of a region seen as one of the spiritual h(...)

A team of 217 Cuban health professionals arrive in Pretoria, South Africa, on April 27th, to help in the fight against coronavirus. Photograph: Dino Lloyd/Gallo Images via Getty Images

The mayor of one of Italy’s biggest cities was effusive in her praise for the Cuban medics who spent three months in the country helping fight coronav(...)

Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra in The Hague during a video conference with other EU finance ministers on what means should be used to absorb the economic blow of the coronavirus crisis. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

The negotiations over how to dig the European Union out of the coronavirus downturn have been weighed down by the baggage of the bloc’s last major cri(...)

Coffins in a  church in Serina, near Bergamo, in northern Italy, at the weekend. More than 3,000 people have died in the coronvirus outbreak  in the northern Lombardy regions around Milan. Photograph: Piero Cruciatti/AFP via Getty Images)

The image of dozens of military trucks coming out of Bergamo, carrying hundreds of coffins to available crematoriums, is a painful illustration of wha(...)

 Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio  holding a press conference with a limited number  of reporters  at the Farnesina Palace in Rome. Photograph:  EPA/Ettore Ferrari

It was a black Thursday in Italy. The country was in lockdown. Coronavirus deaths were soaring. Hospitals were overwhelmed, with more patients than av(...)

Leader of Italy’s far-right League party Matteo Salvini in Bologna on Monday. He said he was happy to have run a competitive campaign in a region that has voted for the left since the end of the second World War. Photograph: Flavio Lo Scalzo/Reuters

Matteo Salvini’s attempt to trigger a crisis for Italy’s coalition government by seizing control of the left-wing region of Emilia-Romagna has failed (...)

Luigi di Maio’s unintentional legacy may have been to channel voters towards the far-right League party, led by Matteo Salvini. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

Luigi Di Maio, the youthful but stern-looking face of the Five Star Movement, propelled the grassroots movement to power by capitalising on anti-estab(...)

League party leader Matteo Salvini during an anti-government demonstration in Rome last October. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

When Alan Fabbri was growing up near the northern Italian city of Ferrara in the 1990s he engaged in an act of teenage rebellion that surprised his fr(...)

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