Mounted police officers perform the changing of the guard prior to the swearing-in ceremony for Italy’s new government at Quirinale Presidential Palace in Rome, Italy. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA.

Italy’s new government was sworn in on Friday, ending the country’s longest postwar political crisis but pushing the euro zone’s third-largest economy(...)

Gone to the dogs: greyhound racing faces Brexit challenge

The Star Sports English Greyhound Derby at Towcester on Saturday will, despite its name, be a thoroughly Irish affair with Droopy’s Verve the 6/4 favo(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May  flanked by supporters  outside Wandsworth Town hall in London after the Conservative party retained control of the council in local elections. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/AFP/Getty Images

Labour won more seats than all other parties combined in Thursday’s local elections, recording its best result since 1971 in London, where the Conserv(...)

Supporters of the British Conservative Party react during the count at Wandsworth Town Hall after local government elections in London, Britain. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Britain’s two main parties emerged from local elections in England in a draw, with Labour making gains but failing to capture target councils from the(...)

A butcher’s shop in  Boston,  Lincolnshire, where 75 per cent of voters backed the UK decision to leave the European Union in  the 2016 referendum. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty

Boston’s market place was cold and wet, as a biting wind drove the rain in from the North Sea, down the Wash and along the Haven into this Lincolnshir(...)

Save the 8th: the anti-abortion group has hired Kanto, a British data-analytics and political-campaigning company run by Thomas Borwick. Photograph: save8.ie

If you like my stuff you’re an ignoramus. Many people would agree with this as a general proposition, but I mean it in a more specific sense. If you’v(...)

Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage: his suggestion that June 23rd, when Britain voted to leave the EU, should be declared “independence day” has received surprisingly scant support.  File photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Name something that Denmark and the United Kingdom probably don’t have that probably every other country probably does have. As you can already tell,(...)

Jim Allister said that, when asked a question in Irish, Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill “looked like rabbits in the headlights”. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ciarán Mac Giolla Bhéin, advocacy manager for Conradh na Gaeilge in Belfast was asked how many people in Northern Ireland speak Irish. According to t(...)

 James Byrne and James McMahon attend last weekend’s Irexit: Freedom to Prosper conference in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Flames of populism may have ignited the political infernos of Donald Trump and Brexit in 2016 and sparked growing Euroscepticism across Europe, but in(...)

Nigel Farage: grinning prop for a pint? Photograph: Bryan Meade

What is Nigel Farage for, apart from serving as a grinning prop for a pint or an early-period Trump? Recent incarnations summon up a garrulous travell(...)

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