Italy’s far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini arriving for a meeting with League party members in Rome on Monday. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

League leader Matteo Salvini’s drive for early elections in Italy hit a road bump on Monday with parliamentary party leaders failing to decide when th(...)

Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini in Termoli, southern Italy on Friday. Mr Salvini has summoned all League lawmakers back to Rome on Monday. Photograph: Nico Lanese/EPA

Italy’s League filed a no-confidence motion to bring down its own governing coalition on Friday, a move that the party’s populist chief, Matteo Salvi(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini: “Italians need certainties and a government capable of acting.” Photograph:  Remo Casilli

Italy’s deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, has called for “swift” elections, saying the current governing coalition no longer holds a majority in (...)

Italian deputy prime  minister Matteo Salvini addresses a news conference in Rome earlier this week. File photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday he would meet coalition partner and leader of the Five Star Movement Luigi Di Maio amid sp(...)

Italian deputy-premier and interior minister Matteo Salvini addresses the Senate in Rome, on Thursday. Buzzfeed has reported that a close aid to Mr Salvini held talks with Russian businessmen soliciting financing worth more than €1bn. Photograph:  Claudio Peri/EPA

Milan prosecutors have opened a corruption investigation into Italy’s far-right League party over allegations that it received funds from Moscow ahead(...)

 Luigi Di Maio (32) called for the ballot after Five Star took just 17 per cent of the vote at Sunday’s European election.  Photograph: Ciro de Luca/Reuters

Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement on Thursday resoundingly backed Luigi Di Maio to carry on as leader following a bruising defeat in Europ(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister and League party leader Matteo Salvini greets supporters during a rally of European nationalist and far-right parties in Milan last Sunday. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

As Matteo Salvini stepped out of his ministerial car and was whisked by security guards into a theatre in the southern Italian town of Foggia, the che(...)

Italy interior minister and League party leader Matteo Salvini: said there was “no alternative majority” that could work in the Italian parliament. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Tensions between Italy’s ruling populist parties have broken out into public recrimination in the run-up to this month’s European elections, rippling (...)

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, who has told transport minister Armando Siri to  stand down over allegations of graft. Photograph: Zoubeir Souissi/Reuters

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte has intervened in a corruption scandal that has threatened to split the country’s populist coalition. Mr Conte (...)

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(...)

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