Luigi Di Maio

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Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio will be foreign minister in the new Italian government. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s president has given the green light to a new coalition government that is expected to be less confrontational towards the EU, pushing the anti(...)

Five Star Movement leader Luigi di Maio following a meeting with Italian president Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on August 28th. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italy’s Five Star Movement has voted heavily in favour of a coalition with a centre-left rival, putting the country on track for a new government and (...)

Matteo Salvini attends a farewell meeting with employees and officials. Photograph: Italian interior ministry/EPA

Matteo Salvini has called on his supporters to descend on Rome as Italy moves towards ousting his far-right League from power after his attempt to col(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader of the Five Star Movement,  Luigi Di Maio, speaks to reporters in Rome on Monday. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump weighed into Italy’s political crisis on Tuesday, saying he hoped Giuseppe Conte would be reinstated as prime minister, as t(...)

Nicola Zingaretti said a ‘turning-point’ government was needed marking a clear break from the policies of the previous government. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

The leader of Italy’s centre-left Democratic party (PD) is under pressure to relent to demands for Giuseppe Conte to lead a PD-Five Star Movement coal(...)

After failing to secure the dismissal of ministers opposed to his policies, Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini  called for the winding up of his own government and early elections. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Political crises are not unusual in Italy. So perhaps it is not surprising that the country may be facing a new election just 14 months after the form(...)

Italy’s far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini arriving for a meeting with League party members in Rome on Monday. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

League leader Matteo Salvini’s drive for early elections in Italy hit a road bump on Monday with parliamentary party leaders failing to decide when th(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini: “Italians need certainties and a government capable of acting.” Photograph:  Remo Casilli

Italy’s deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, has called for “swift” elections, saying the current governing coalition no longer holds a majority in (...)

Italian deputy prime  minister Matteo Salvini addresses a news conference in Rome earlier this week. File photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday he would meet coalition partner and leader of the Five Star Movement Luigi Di Maio amid sp(...)

 Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli poses at the British embassy in Rome before receiving the medal of knighthood from the British ambassador to Italy in 2004. File photograph: Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images

Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a stat(...)

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