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Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi with European  Parliament president Antonio Tajani in Strasbourg in July 2017. Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Tuesday he planned to propose Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament, as prime mini(...)

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi (centre) with European People’s Party president Manfred Weber (left), and president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, in Rome this week. Photograph:  Ettore Ferrari/ANSA/AP

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s 81-year-old media mogul, has sought to stamp his authority on his unruly centre-right coalition ahead of next weekend’s gen(...)

Silvio Berlusconi: Despite his political departure in 2011 following a sex scandal and fraud conviction, he has re-emerged as “Italy’s kindly granddad”. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Matteo Salvini* does not pull his punches. And his supporters love his bluntness. At a rally in Rome, the leader of the Northern League (NL) earned hi(...)

Silvio Berlusconi has pledged to deport 600,000 illegal immigrants from Italy should his coalition enter government after elections on March 4th.  File photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Silvio Berlusconi has pledged to deport 600,000 illegal immigrants from Italy should his coalition enter government after elections on March 4th, as t(...)

Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister and founder of Forza Italia, on an Italian TV show in  January. Photograph: Getty Images

With his perfectly dyed dark hair and his ivory-white teeth glistening in the lights of the television studio, Silvio Berlusconi – the octogenarian co(...)

Forza Italia party leader and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: clearly running the party’s show. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

The tide of populist and Eurosceptical politics that has swept Europe over the last couple of years does not appear to be ebbing. The electoral succe(...)

Susanna Ceccardi of the right-wing Northern League, who is mayor of Cascina, in Tuscany. “I think that regulating immigration is a moderate position,” she says. Photograph: Facebook

In September 1944 African-American soldiers from the US Army’s “Buffalo” division helped liberate Cascina from German forces retreating north into the(...)

5-Star Movement founder Beppe Grillo  addresses the party’s congress last month in Rimini. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s traditional political parties have pledged to back a new electoral law this week that is seen penalising the anti-establishment 5-Star Movemen(...)

Brexit has not yet found any imitators. The real threat to the cohesion of the EU, posed by the UK’s vote to quit, was always more likely to come over time rather than immediately

Brexit has not yet found any imitators. The real threat to the cohesion of the EU, posed by the UK’s vote to quit, was always more likely to come over(...)

A Libyan coast guardsman  during the rescue of 147 illegal immigrants attempting to reach Europe off the coastal town of Zawiyah, west of the capital Tripoli, on Tuesday. Photograph: Taha Jawashi/AFP/Getty Images

The Italian government is considering banning ships from Libya from landing at its ports after the arrival of nearly 11,000 refugees from there in the(...)

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