Beppe Grillo

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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(...)

In plain sight: Italy’s prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni, met President Vladimir Putin this month in Sochi.  Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/Pool/EPA

President Donald Trump made the most of his short time in Italy. He was treated to a private audience with the pope, met both the country’s president (...)

Marine Le Pen, France’s presidential candidate: seems to favour euro exit, but wants to delay the decision for a while, and put the whole thing to a referendum.

Imagine a new year’s resolution list that reads as follows: first, give up chocolate; second, get divorced. You would rightly say this is absurd. If y(...)

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(...)

Life goes on around a pile of rubbish in  Rome street. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

The rubbish is mounting up along via Galvani, in the heart of Rome’s trendy Testaccio neighbourhood. Wine bottles litter the pavement. A graffitied d(...)

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 (...)

Silvio Berlusconi, leader of centre-right Italian party Forza Italia, greeting supporters in Rome this week. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

In more than 40 years of public life, former centre-right prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has never been accused of hiding his light under a bushel. (...)

Enrico Letta arrives at the presidential palace to tender his resignation after his Democratic Party backed leader Matteo Renzi’s call for a new government. EPA/Alessandro Di Meo

Prime Minister Enrico Letta resigned his office as expected, on another dramatic day which saw Italy’s most r(...)

A former employee of Maflow automobile air conditioning company dismantles an old electronic device at the closed factory at Trezzano sul Naviglio near Milan.

Do not be fooled by the elegant, affable and cultured persona of 46-year-old Italian prime minister Enrico Letta. When he steps up to the plate to rep(...)

Beppe Grillo leaves after casting his vote at the polling station in Genoa in February this year. He has been accused of having an autocratic style of leadership. Photograph: Reuters

They say of left-wing politics that the first agenda item is the split. But Beppe Grillo, Italy’s comic-turned-politician, is above all that. Or so he(...)

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