Italian prime  minister Matteo Renzi during the recording of the Rai TV program ‘Porta a porta’, hosted by journalist Bruno Vespa in Rome. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Italy holds a referendum next Sunday (December 4th) on the government’s plan for a comprehensive reform of the constitution. Opinion polls are banned(...)

Marchers hold up a  banner  reading “Let’s oust Renzi”  during a demonstration ahead of a referendum next Sunday on constitutional reform. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

If Matteo Renzi is to score a comeback victory in the constitutional referendum that has transfixed Italian politics, Flavio Arzarello, a bearded(...)

Demonstrators in Rome hold banners calling for a No vote ahead of the  referendum on constitutional reform in Italy. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has stepped into the fray ahead of the country’s key constitutional reform referendum, calling on vot(...)

He hasn’t gone away, you know. Former prime minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi is pictured at Sunday’s Milan football derby between AC Milan, the club he chairs, and Inter. Photograph: Marco Bertorello /AFP/Getty Images

Silvio Berlusconi thrust himself back into the frontline of Italian politics with an emphatic rejection of Matteo Renzi’s constitutional reforms, tryi(...)

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi: In recent months, as opinion polls have sometimes shown the No vote in front, he has pulled back on commitment to resign in face of defeat. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

It has been called “Italy’s Brexit”. Prime minister Matteo Renzi warns “there won’t be another chance” like this for Italy for the next 20 years. Ev(...)

Five Star Movement’s leader Beppe Grillo: “We’ll see when [Mr Khan] blows himself up in Westminster,” he said. The controversy is troublesome for the party with Rome’s mayoral election next month. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

The comedian who leads Italy’s second-largest political party quipped that Sadiq Khan might “blow himself up in Westminster”, equating London’s first (...)

Enduring  irony: Silvio Berlusconi has managed to turn the forthcoming mayoral contest in Rome on its head, causing problems for his centre-right “rivals” and potentially doing favours to his centre-left “allies”. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

So, you all thought that media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi was just toast at this stage, not so much yesterday’s man as the day before yesterday’s man? W(...)

Migrants protect themselves with emergency blankets against  a sudden rainstorm  on the sea wall at the Saint Ludovic border crossing between  Italy and France on Sunday,  June 14th. Photograph:  Jean-Pierre Amet/Reuters

With 100 Africans sleeping on rocks overlooking the Italian coast after being turned back at the French border, Rome and Paris argued yesterday over (...)

Germany soldiers helping migrants in rubber dinghies to board the German navy’s frigate “Hessen” following a rescue operation at an unspecified location in the Mediterranean Sea yesterday

An international rescue fleet plucked almost 5,900 migrants from rickety boats making the perilous sea crossing for north Africa to Europe yesterday a(...)

Centre-left candidates backed by Matteo Renzi’s Democratic Party won five out of seven regions that voted on Sunday. Photograph: Tiberio Barchielli/Palazzo Chigi/EPA

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi’s ruling centre-left party promised on Monday to push on with its reform agenda after anti-establishment and euro-(...)

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