Italian minister for integration Cecile Kyenge: “As a minister my security is fully guaranteed but there are plenty of [immigrant] people today who suffer similar insults and who have no protection.” Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Italy’s black integration minister, Congolese-born Cécile Kyenge, yesterday said she feared for the safety of Italy’s five-million-strong immigrant co(...)

Italian Minister for Integration Cecile Kyenge attend a news conference in Rome last month. Photograph:  Tony Gentile/Reuters

Italy’s first black minister, a target of racist slurs since her appointment in April, has condemned a spectator who threw bananas towards her whil(...)

Italian minister for integration Cécile Kyenge. She   adopted a dignified tone when asked about the incident.  Photograph: Reuters

The fundamentally crude and xenophobic nature of the federalist Northern League was highlighted last weekend when a senior party figure, former minist(...)

Italian minister for integration Cecile Kyenge: “I do not take [Roberto] Calderoli’s words as a personal insult but they sadden me because of the image they give of Italy.” Photograph: Reuters/Tony Gentile

Italian prime minister Enrico Letta has condemned comments made by a senior right-wing senator in which he suggested the country’s first black governm(...)

Centre-left Ignazio Marino celebrates after being elected new mayor of Rome.

Italian politics has produced yet another helter-skelter moment with the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) walking away with almost all the spoils in (...)

Mario Borghezio, who was expelled from the Eurosceptic Europe of Freedom and Democracy group of the European Parliament yesterday. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

An Italian member of the European Parliament was expelled from the Eurosceptic Europe of Freedom and Democracy group yesterday for what its co-leader(...)

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