Matteo Salvini

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Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban waves to supporters. Photograph: Zoltan Fischer/EPA

The first to congratulate Viktor Orban for his re-election were the authoritarians. The Chinese foreign ministry offered warm wishes. Russia’s Vladimi(...)

 Maria Elisabetta  Casellati looks on during the counting of the ballots at the Lower House (Chamber of Deputies), in Rome.  A simple majority of more than 1,000 lawmakers and other representatives is needed to elect a successor to president Mattarella, whose seven-year term is ending.  Photograph: Roberto Monaldo/EPA/

Italy’s fragile national unity government came under severe strain on Friday as its right-wing members tried to push for their own candidate as the co(...)

Leader of Italy’s liberal-conservative party Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty

Italian parliamentarians will begin casting their votes for a new president on Monday after scandal-plagued Silvio Berlusconi abandoned his dream of b(...)

Far-right leader Marine Le Pen, was for many years the leading voice of French hostility to European integration. Now she seldom mentions the EU.   Photograph: Sylvain Lefevre/Get

If, 15 years ago, an emissary from the future had told you that by 2022, right across Europe, a slew of parties on the radical right and left would be(...)

 Matteo Salvini, flanked by his lawyer Giulia Bongiorno (right), meets journalists in front of the bunker of the Pagliarelli prison after a hearing on the Open Arms trial in Palermo, Sicily. Photograph: Igor Petyx/EPA

Italy’s former interior minister Matteo Salvini has gone on trial charged with kidnapping for refusing to allow a Spanish migrant rescue ship to dock (...)

Rome’s newly elected mayor, centre-left candidate of the Democratic Party (PD), Roberto Gualtieri addresses supporters as he celebrates his victory in Rome on Monday. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/  AFP via Getty Images

It would be a mistake to read too much by way of national trends into the weekend’s Italian local elections. Although the right and far- right, as wel(...)

Rome’s newly elected mayor, Roberto Gualtieri, centre-left candidate of the Democratic Party,  greets supporters as he celebrates his victory in Rome. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty

Italy’s Democratic Party has taken control of the cities of Rome and Turin in a revival of the fortunes of the country’s centre-left and a blow to bot(...)

Tourists  in the historic centre of Palermo, Sicily, southern Italy. Those not fully vaccinated could be barred from being served indoors at restaurants and bars, and from entering stadiums, museums,  cinemas, swimming pools and gyms.  Photograph: EPA/Igor Petyx

The Italian government is expected to impose restrictions on unvaccinated people as it scrambles to stem a resurgence in Covid-19 infections. In a si(...)

Silvio Berlusconi: The 84-year-old Italian magnate is eager to cement his legacy. Photograph: Antonio Masiello/ Getty

Standing in the sun outside Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital last September, Silvio Berlusconi, the great survivor of Italian politics, recounted the sto(...)

England’s Raheem Sterling,  Harry Kane and  Jordan Henderson celebrate after the semi-final victory over Denmark at Wembley Stadium. Photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty

It’s doubtful whether a journalist has ever captured the spirit of a tournament in a single question, but on July 4th, in the press conference for the(...)

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