Matteo Renzi

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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 (...)

Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni talks to reporters after receiving a mandate to  form a new government. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italy’s head of state, president Sergio Mattarella has asked outgoing foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni to become prime minister of a new government. (...)

Matteo Renzi may be asked by Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella (left) to return as prime minister as he is still the leader of the party with the most votes. Photograph: Reuters

President Sergio Mattarella has indicated he would like to have Italy’s next prime minister appointed by next Thursday, before the two-day EU summit i(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi: the ECB turned down a request by lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena for more time at a meeting on Friday. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

The European Central Bankhas rejected a request by ailing Italian lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena for more time to raise capital, a source said yeste(...)

A man walks on the logo of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank in Rome. Photograph:  Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

With the European Union facing myriad challenges – from Brexit to migration – memories of the euro zone crisis seemed a thing of yesteryear. But the s(...)

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