Luca Zaia

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Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi (centre) with European People’s Party president Manfred Weber (left), and president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, in Rome this week. Photograph:  Ettore Ferrari/ANSA/AP

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s 81-year-old media mogul, has sought to stamp his authority on his unruly centre-right coalition ahead of next weekend’s gen(...)

President of Lombardy Roberto Maroni discusses the voting system in the region’s autonomy referendum with Forza Italia leader and former prime minister   Silvio Berlusconi in Milan on Wednesday. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

Two of Italy’s richest regions are holding referendums on greater autonomy on Sunday, in the latest push by European regions to wrest more power from (...)

 US army personnel: an Italian governor  has called on US authorities to repatriate all  military personnel who served in Liberia rather than have them quarantined in Italy. Photograph: David Cooper/EPA/US Air Force

After an Italian businessman ended up in court because of an unfortunate joke about the Ebola virus, it is worth pointing out that at least one Itali(...)

A 100-bed Ebola treatment centre in Liberia’s capital Monrovia. Luca Zaia, governor of the north-eastern Veneto region in Italy, this week called on US authorities to repatriate all US miliary personnel who have served in the country. Phoyograph: Reuters

In the week when an Italian businessman on a Dublin flight from Milan ended up in court because of an unfortunate private joke about the Ebola virus ,(...)

 Pope Francis eating lunch   at the Vatican workers’ cafeteria in July 2014. Photograph: AP Photo/L’osservatore Romano

Around here, the times they are a changin’ . . . or are they? From Pope Francis through to current Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, there is ce(...)