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(...)

 Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s far-right League party,   greets supporters  in Pisa on Wednesday. Photograph: Gianni Nucci/EPA

Italy’s president has attempted to broker an eleventh-hour deal between the country’s two largest populist parties to avoid another destabilising nati(...)

Prime Minister designate Carlo Cottarelli (left) and Italian President Sergio Mattarella (right) are due to meet again on Wednesday.

Uncertainty over Italy’s future government combined with concerns over bullish rhetoric from the US and China over trade hit Asian markets early this (...)

Carlo Cottarelli  after a meeting with Italian president Sergio Mattarella that gave him a mandate to form a government. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

What is causing the current bout of market turbulence? It was triggered by political instability in Italy, but also reflects a deeper concern about t(...)

Italian stocks dropped on Tuesday with the benchmark index, the FTSE MIB, down 3 per cent.

Italy’s bond market suffered a steep sell-off on Tuesday, sending the yield on the country’s two-year bond to the highest level in more than four year(...)

A single teacher could have purchased a two-bed home in Dublin 4 back in 1995, but today - if they can get the necessary loans - will be looking at an apartment in Tallaght

A single teacher could have purchased a two-bed home in Dublin 4 back in 1995, but today - if they can get the necessary loans - will be looking at an(...)

Carlo Cottarelli: steps in to lead government as  Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio claims President  Sergio Mattarella was responsible for “the darkest night Italy’s democracy has ever seen”.   Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

European capitals watched nervously on Monday and markets tumbled as Carlo Cottarelli stepped forward to head a temporary new Italian government. The (...)

Italian president Sergio Mattarella: blocked a proposal by Five Star and League to nominate eurosceptic economist Paolo Savona as finance minister. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/AP

Investors ditched Italian bonds and equities on Monday as Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s president, sought to head off political and market tensions by as(...)

 Italian president Sergio Mattarella addresses the media after meeting Italy’s premier-designate Giuseppe Conte in Rome. Mr  Mattarella said he refused to approve populist leaders’ choice of an economy minister –  Paolo Savona – who has expressed anti-euro views. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Italy’s efforts to form a government broke down on Sunday after the president rejected a eurosceptic pick for the key economy ministry, triggering a (...)

Anti-establishment  Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio and   far-right League party leader Matteo Salvini: expected to meet President Sergio Mattarella on Monday. Photographs: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s two anti-establishment parties on Friday promised to ramp up spending in a programme for a new coalition government, putting them on a collisi(...)