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Luigi di Maio’s unintentional legacy may have been to channel voters towards the far-right League party, led by Matteo Salvini. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

Luigi Di Maio, the youthful but stern-looking face of the Five Star Movement, propelled the grassroots movement to power by capitalising on anti-estab(...)

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 (...)

Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, is being investigated by Sicilian prosecutors over his blocking a coastguard vessel from entering Italy in August last year with 177 migrants on board. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Members of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement have voted to block a kidnapping trial against Matteo Salvini, leader of League, averting pos(...)

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. (...)

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