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Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte (right) is flanked by deputy prime ministers Matteo Salvini as he addresses the parliament in Rome on Tuesday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

With the resignation of Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, Italy has moved closer to another general election at a time when it badly needs politi(...)

After failing to secure the dismissal of ministers opposed to his policies, Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini  called for the winding up of his own government and early elections. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Political crises are not unusual in Italy. So perhaps it is not surprising that the country may be facing a new election just 14 months after the form(...)

 French policemen hold up French and EU flags on the facade of Farnese Palace, the French embassy in Rome. File photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

France recalled its ambassador to Rome on Thursday, for the first time since Italy declared war on France in 1940. The move signifies a serious ruptur(...)

Carlo Cottarelli: steps in to lead government as  Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio claims President  Sergio Mattarella was responsible for “the darkest night Italy’s democracy has ever seen”.   Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

European capitals watched nervously on Monday and markets tumbled as Carlo Cottarelli stepped forward to head a temporary new Italian government. The (...)

 Lega leader Matteo Salvini: the party represents Italy’s wealthy north and taxpayers who resent corruption. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro

Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella has one hell of a dilemma. Normally it’s simple. He asks the largest party in parliament to see if it can put toge(...)