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For the past week, it appeared that Italy was on the brink of a defining moment: an alliance between the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the(...)

Italian share prices have fallen, and the cost to Italy of raising borrowings has gone up as the new government’s intentions become clear.  Photograph: Getty Images

We may be about to witness a game of chicken between a new Italian government and the markets. The two parties involved in forming a government have s(...)

Giuseppe Conte, a civil lawyer and academic, who has been proposed by the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League as Italy’s new prime minister.

Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League have proposed Giuseppe Conte, a civil lawyer and academic, as the country’s new(...)

epaItaly’s Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio is surrounded by the media as he leaves  the parliament building   in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Italy’s two anti-establishment parties agreed the basis for a governing accord on Thursday that would slash taxes, ramp up welfare spending and pose (...)

Matteo Renzi, then Democratic Party (PD) leader, waves during the party’s final rally, in Florence, ahead of the March 4th general election. Photograph:  Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Matteo Renzi had remained conspicuously silent in the immediate aftermath of the bruising election defeat that populist rivals inflicted on his centre(...)

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