Matteo Renzi

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Silvio Berlusconi: ‘I did a lot of sport in my youth and I have an athlete’s heart, but in the last 20 years I have undergone 73 different trials’. File photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

It is Saturday afternoon at Palazzo Quirinale, once home to the pope but these days the official residence of the Italian president. In the long and n(...)

‘Last time I checked, the AAA-PBP wanted to nationalise companies like Apple and Google. That’s unlikely to be easy.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

If “post-truth” was the word of the year, then “populism” must have run it a close second. In case you were asleep all year, you can consult your ubi(...)

The main entrance of the Monte dei Paschi bank headquarters in Siena. Earlier this week, the ECB told the bank its capital shortfall had risen to €8.8 billion. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Italian government bond yields held near two-week lows on Thursday after the country’s borrowing costs fell at the final auction of the year, in a sig(...)

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of Aleppo on November 24th. Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

“Their world is crumbling. Ours is being built.” Donald Trump had won, and Florian Philippot was exultant. Their world, as the vice-president of Fran(...)

Old and new: a horse-drawn carriage passes a branch of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena in Rome. Italy’s government is set to rescue the world’s oldest lender. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

So is the ever-worsening Monte dei Paschi (MPS) di Siena crisis just a blip in the system or is “Italy about to destroy [the] eurozone” as British tab(...)

The consensus in political science was that the rise of populism in recent elections across the world, while significant, would reach a natural ceiling: the mainstream political forces would continue to hold the line. Photograph: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This year has been a rollercoaster of a year for democracy, and also for those whose work is in the serious study of politics. This time last year mos(...)

Italy’s prime minister Paolo Gentiloni delivers a speech to parliament in Rome on Tuesday. A confidence vote in his government was to take place later in the day. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Italy’s newly-appointed prime minister Paolo Gentiloni has won an initial confidence vote in the lower house of parliament, with a comfortable majorit(...)

“One day Italy will be led by a party in favour of withdrawal from the euro”

Chronic inability to separate the probable from the desirable has been the tragedy of 2016. Wishful thinking is becoming a threat to the survival of l(...)

  As prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni will represent a serious contrast with his predecessor.  Photographer: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Paolo Gentiloni, Italy’s newly appointed prime minister, is nothing if not a “safe pair of hands”. It is indicative that when commentators go lookin(...)

Italy’s newly elected prime minister Paolo Gentiloni: he represents a serious contrast with his predecessor. Photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

Paolo Gentiloni, Italy’s newly appointed prime minister, is nothing if not a “safe pair of hands”. It is indicative that when commentators go looking (...)

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