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(...)

“Italexit” is increasingly on the agenda in Italy. Photograph: iStock

Alberto Bagnai, a professor at Pescara university with a blog called Goofynomics, this week made a typically provocative demand: that the US should pr(...)

Matteo Renzi: If he wins  party leadership contest,  he may move for a general election in the autumn. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP

Two days after a tense party assembly, the future of Italy’s centre-left ruling party, the Partito Democratico (PD), is still threatened by a split fr(...)

Geert Wilders (Dutch PVV), Frauke Petry (AfD) and Marine Le Pen (French Front National) speak to the media during a conference of European right-wing parties on Saturday in Koblenz, Germany. Photograph:  Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged European voters to follow the example of Americans and the British and “wake up” in 2017 at a meeting of (...)

Italy’s prime minister Paolo Gentiloni delivers a speech to parliament in Rome on Tuesday. A confidence vote in his government was to take place later in the day. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Italy’s newly-appointed prime minister Paolo Gentiloni has won an initial confidence vote in the lower house of parliament, with a comfortable majorit(...)

Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni talks to reporters after receiving a mandate to  form a new government. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italy’s head of state, president Sergio Mattarella has asked outgoing foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni to become prime minister of a new government. (...)

Matteo Renzi may be asked by Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella (left) to return as prime minister as he is still the leader of the party with the most votes. Photograph: Reuters

President Sergio Mattarella has indicated he would like to have Italy’s next prime minister appointed by next Thursday, before the two-day EU summit i(...)

 Italian president Sergio Mattarella: will hold talks with  23  parliamentary groups. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Italian president Sergio Mattarella last night initiated three days of consultations aimed at appointing a successor to prime minister Matteo Renzi, w(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: was a committed European and  powerful voice against the austerity promulgated by Berlin and Brussels.  Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi

Political instability reached the shores of continental Europe this week as Austrian and Italian voters went to the polls in two very different, but e(...)

Following his formal resignation, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi remains in office but only in an “ordinary business” caretaker capacity until such time as a new government is formed. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reueters

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, heavily defeated in Sunday’s reform referendum, on Wednesday night formally consigned his resignation to state pr(...)

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