Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announces his resignation following the No vote in a referendum on constitutional changes. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP

Allies of Matteo Renzi, Italy’s outgoing centre-left prime minister, have joined opposition calls for fresh elections in the wake of his referendum d(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (right) arrives by car at the Quirinale presidential palace in Rome to meet  President Sergio Mattarella and formally offer his resignation following a crushing referendum defeat,  December 5th, 2016. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Italian state president Sergio Mattarella has called on Matteo Renzi to delay his formal resignation as prime minister until next Friday, as the count(...)

 Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi   announcing his resignation yesterday. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

In the immediate aftermath of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi’s emphatic defeat in Sunday’s constitutional reform referendum, commentators have be(...)

Supporters of a “No” vote in the constitutional referendum in Italy rally  near the Palazzo Chigi  after the end of the vote in Rome. Exit polls suggested  voters on Sunday overwhelmingly rejected constitutional reform proposals on which prime minister Matteo Renzi has staked his political future.  Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi is to resign in the wake of an emphatic loss in Sunday’s constitutional reform referendum. Speaking just 90 minut(...)

Prime minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Renzi cast their ballots. Photograph: Maurizio Degl’Innocenti/EPA

Italy’s keenly contested constitutional reform referendum sprang an immediate surprise on Sunday when unexpectedly large numbers turned out to vote, (...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: The head of Eurosceptic party Forza Italia is actually the last PM to be voted in by the people. Photograph: Reuters/Remo Casilli

Shakers and makers across the globe, including Barack Obama and Angela Merkel, will be keeping a close eye on the outcome of a critical Italian consti(...)

Matteo Renzi: The Italian prime minister promised to respect a No vote, though he said it would be “a pity”. Photograph: Reuters/Stefano Rellandini

Insults and mutual accusations marked Friday’s closing stages of a referendum campaign that could end the career of Italian prime minister Matteo Renz(...)

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures as he attends a television talk show  in Rome on Wednesday to campaign for a No vote. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has stepped up his campaign for a No vote in a critical constitutional reform referendum on Sunday. (...)

A banner portraying Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi and reading “Let’s oust Renzi” during a pro-No demonstration ahead of Sunday’s referendum on constitutional reform. Photograph: AP/Andrew Medichini

As concern over the impact of a No vote in next Sunday’s constitutional referendum in Italy prompted Europe-wide stock market losses on Monday – the M(...)

Rome’s European allies and the financial markets have been nervously watching Italy’s referendum campaign as if they were about to see a reprise of th(...)

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