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Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio will be foreign minister in the new Italian government. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s president has given the green light to a new coalition government that is expected to be less confrontational towards the EU, pushing the anti(...)

Five Star Movement leader Luigi di Maio following a meeting with Italian president Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on August 28th. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italy’s Five Star Movement has voted heavily in favour of a coalition with a centre-left rival, putting the country on track for a new government and (...)

The Iseq all-share index rose by half a per cent on Monday with low volumes seen across stocks. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish shares rose on Monday, a day on which volume was thin due to a US market holiday, Labour Day. Elsewhere, London’s FTSE 100 surged 1 per cent on(...)

Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s premier-designate, arrives to speak during a news conference following a meeting with Italian president Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on Thursday. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Matteo Salvini thought he had pulled off a masterstroke when he brought down his own coalition government three weeks ago. Now it looks like a spectac(...)

In the United States a rise in technology stocks lifted Wall Street.  Photograph: EPA

Irish stocks outperformed European peers yesterday as markets globally rallied on hopes of a resolution to a trade dispute between the US and China. (...)

Italian president Sergio Mattarella with prime minister Giuseppe Conte  during their meeting at the Quirinal Palace in Rome on Thursday. Photograph: Paolo Giandotti/EPA

Italy’s president asked Giuseppe Conte to head a coalition of the Five Star Movement and opposition Democratic Party (PD) on Thursday, a move could th(...)

A protester depicting British prime minister Boris Johnson demonstrates at a protest outside Downing Street in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Renewed fears of a hard Brexit hit some Irish and many British stocks, while US investors remained wary as the country’s trade war with China dragged (...)

Nicola Zingaretti, leader of the Democratic Party,  arrives for a news conference following a meeting with Italian president Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italy’s Five Star Movement and the opposition Democratic Party (PD) said on Wednesday they would try to form a coalition, setting aside years of hosti(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader of the Five Star Movement,  Luigi Di Maio, speaks to reporters in Rome on Monday. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump weighed into Italy’s political crisis on Tuesday, saying he hoped Giuseppe Conte would be reinstated as prime minister, as t(...)

Nicola Zingaretti said a ‘turning-point’ government was needed marking a clear break from the policies of the previous government. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

The leader of Italy’s centre-left Democratic party (PD) is under pressure to relent to demands for Giuseppe Conte to lead a PD-Five Star Movement coal(...)

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