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Former  British PM David Cameron (left) and German chancellor Angela Merkel (right)  were working together to block Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz by approaching Enda Kenny (centre). Photographs: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty,  Eric Luke/The Irish Times, Hayoung Jeon/EPA

David Cameron and Angela Merkel sounded out Enda Kenny for the European Commission president in 2014, the former prime minister says in a memoir to be(...)

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (right): move is a gamble for the 44-year-old senator who is appealing to the political centre at a time when his popularity is low. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

Italy’s former prime minister Matteo Renzi has announced he is splitting from the centre-left Democratic Party to set up a new centrist political move(...)

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: “I think the news of the death of Europe at the hand of populism has been greatly exaggerated.”  Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti

Matteo Renzi’s office, in a 16th-century Roman palazzo opposite Italy’s senate, is incongruously decorated with mementos of his time as a jet-setting (...)

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’(...)

Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni: said Italy was “back on track” after the worst economic crisis in the postwar period. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella on Thursday dissolved parliament ahead of an election which is expected to produce a period of instability in the (...)

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: faces day-of-reckoning party congress. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has come under new political pressure following confirmation that his father is under investigation, charge(...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: The head of Eurosceptic party Forza Italia is actually the last PM to be voted in by the people. Photograph: Reuters/Remo Casilli

Shakers and makers across the globe, including Barack Obama and Angela Merkel, will be keeping a close eye on the outcome of a critical Italian consti(...)

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini arrive in Washington on Tuesday ahead of a gala banquet at the White House being hosted by US president Barack Obama. Photograph: Tiberio Barchielli/EPA/Palazzo Chigi press office

US president Barack Obama has criticised austerity policies in Europe, which he says have caused “years of stagnation” and “frustrations and anxieties(...)

Each Saturday on irishtimes.com/weddings we'll report on couples’ love stories. We'll tell the tales and show the pictures of these fabul(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: Opponents have claimed his confidence vote method is the same one used by fascist dictator Mussolini. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Despite opposition from within his own Democratic Party (PD), Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi ploughed ahead with his ambitious reform programme (...)

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