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France’s President Emmanuel Macron during the summit in  Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Oliver Hoslet/EPA

An evening of last minute horse-trading and furious deal-making is in store in Brussels after an all-night meeting of EU leaders broke up without agre(...)

Carola Rackete, the 31-year-old Sea-Watch 3 captain, is escorted off the ship by police and taken away for questioning, in Lampedusa, Italy. Photograph: Reuters/ Guglielmo Mangiapane

A war of words broke out between Germany and Italy on Sunday over the German captain of a rescue ship, who defied a docking ban enforced by Rome to br(...)

The Sea-Watch 3 charity ship’s German captain Carola Rackete being arrested by Italian police, in the Italian port of Lampedusa. Photograph: Anaelle Le Bouedec/AFP/Getty

Italian police have arrested the German captain of a migrant-rescue ship at the centre of a standoff with the Italian government, after she docked the(...)

Italy interior minister and League party leader Matteo Salvini: said there was “no alternative majority” that could work in the Italian parliament. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Tensions between Italy’s ruling populist parties have broken out into public recrimination in the run-up to this month’s European elections, rippling (...)

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, who has told transport minister Armando Siri to  stand down over allegations of graft. Photograph: Zoubeir Souissi/Reuters

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte has intervened in a corruption scandal that has threatened to split the country’s populist coalition. Mr Conte (...)

Mafia boss Marco Di Lauro, pictured in a 2017 Europol brochure, was arrested in Naples, Italy. Photograph: Europol

An Italian mafia “super fugitive”, Marco Di Lauro, has been arrested in Naples after over 14 years on the run. Di Lauro (38) was arrested without a f(...)

Theresa May makes a statement to the House of Commons in London on Brexit on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May has promised to give MPs a vote on extending Brexit negotiations or withdrawing from the EU without a deal if her p(...)

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 (...)

 Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte at European Council in Brussels in June, 2018. Photograph: EPA/ Julien Warnand

Leaders of the seven EU Mediterranean countries will gather in Cyprus on Tuesday for a summit on migration, European energy, security, euro zone refor(...)

Davos: the World Economic Forum opens on Tuesday. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty

Monday Indicators: German consumer confidence (Feb), PPI (Dec); US imports and exports (Nov), construction spending (Nov), factory orders (Nov). Tue(...)

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