League party Matteo Salvini, the one-time poster child of anti-euro populism, has enthusiastically embraced a new Italian government led by Mario Draghi. Photograph:  Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

For years Matteo Salvini was their “Capitano”, a fearless hero who antagonised Brussels and toured Italy in a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan “no m(...)

Mario Draghi. Photograph: Angelo Carcon/EPA

Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement said on Monday it would consult members on whether it should back a government led by former European Ce(...)

Former president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi called for national unity ahead of consultations with Italy’s political parties. Photograph:   Alessandra Tarantino/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Former president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi has accepted a request from Italy’s president to form a new coalition government as the cou(...)

Emergency service personnel in Catania join a ceremony as mayors across Italy stand in silence on Tuesday to honour the country’s dead from the coronavirus outbreak. Photograph: Antonio Parrinello/Reuters

At the start of Italy’s national lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus, videos circulated online of entire streets singing together in solidarity(...)

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(...)

Cecile Kyenge, photographed in Rome in  July 2013 when she was Italy’s integration minister. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli /AFP/Getty Images)

When Cécile Kyenge was appointed Italy’s first black government minister in 2013, she was likened to an “orang-utan” by a politician from the country’(...)