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Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: “I think the news of the death of Europe at the hand of populism has been greatly exaggerated.”  Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti

Matteo Renzi’s office, in a 16th-century Roman palazzo opposite Italy’s senate, is incongruously decorated with mementos of his time as a jet-setting (...)

Matteo Renzi, then Democratic Party (PD) leader, waves during the party’s final rally, in Florence, ahead of the March 4th general election. Photograph:  Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Matteo Renzi had remained conspicuously silent in the immediate aftermath of the bruising election defeat that populist rivals inflicted on his centre(...)

Medics take care of an injured man after he was shot and injured in Macerata, Italy. Photograph: Reuters

An Italian man opened fire on African migrants in the central city of Macerata on Saturday, injuring six people before he was captured, in what police(...)

Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister and founder of Forza Italia, on an Italian TV show in  January. Photograph: Getty Images

With his perfectly dyed dark hair and his ivory-white teeth glistening in the lights of the television studio, Silvio Berlusconi – the octogenarian co(...)

Forza Italia party leader and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: clearly running the party’s show. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

The tide of populist and Eurosceptical politics that has swept Europe over the last couple of years does not appear to be ebbing. The electoral succe(...)

The sale of Alitalia, Italy’s flag carrier, has been delayed until next April, adding to uncertainty in the European airline industry

The sale of Alitalia, Italy’s flag carrier, has been delayed until next April, adding to uncertainty in the European airline industry following a stri(...)

“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(...)

Five Star Movement  founder Beppe Grillo: the group could potentially establish itself as Italy’s leading party. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Showing the skills that have made him a leading campaigner for Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement, Alessandro Di Battista channelled all t(...)

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(...)

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi urged Britain to reject an isolationism that could see the country become a ‘Britain less great’. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has made an emotional appeal to the British people not to make “the wrong choice” in the EU referendum on T(...)

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