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Russia’s ‘Sputnik-V’ Covid-19 vaccine produced an antibody response in all participants in early-stage trials, according to results published on Friday. File photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

More than 26.4 million people have now been reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus globally and at least 868,963 people have died, ac(...)

Former Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, pictured in  October  2019. (Photograph:  Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has tested positive for coronavirus and is currently in isolation at home, the staff of the 83-year-o(...)

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(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

 Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli poses at the British embassy in Rome before receiving the medal of knighthood from the British ambassador to Italy in 2004. File photograph: Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images

Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a stat(...)

Italian deputy prime minister and leader of far-right League party Matteo Salvini: League party took  34 per cent of the vote and swept past its coalition partner and rival, the Five Star movement. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo

The “squeezed middle” has become popular among political scientists and sociologists as a way of characterising the plight of the middle class in a ti(...)

Former Conservative  MP  Ann Widdecombe   with colleagues from the Brexit Party celebrate it success in the EU elections in London on Monday. Photograph: Tolga AkmenAFP/Getty Images

AUSTRIA The conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) of Sebastian Kurz shrugged off 10 days of crisis, and his impending dismissal as chancellor, to finish (...)

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(...)

Pedro Sánchez is likely to remain the only socialist leading a major European country. Photograph: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg

The dramatic recovery of the Spanish social democratic left in last weekend’s general election is a political event of Europe-wide significance, a har(...)

A portrait of European Parliament president Antonio Tajani with the slogan “no more facism” on the desk of a Member of the European Parliament during a voting session in Strasbourg on Thursday. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The suggestion by the president of the European Parliament that Benito Mussolini did “positive things” for Italy has provoked uproar and calls for res(...)

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