Matteo Salvini

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Italy’s interior minister, Matteo Salvini, is being investigated by Sicilian prosecutors over his blocking a coastguard vessel from entering Italy in August last year with 177 migrants on board. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Members of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement have voted to block a kidnapping trial against Matteo Salvini, leader of League, averting pos(...)

 Italy’s interior minister Matteo Salvini: enjoys immunity from prosecution unless the Senate votes to lift it, which would require Five Star to vote to do so. Photograph:    Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement will on Monday vote on whether to lift the legal immunity on Matteo Salvini, leader of its coalition par(...)

 French policemen hold up French and EU flags on the facade of Farnese Palace, the French embassy in Rome. File photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

France recalled its ambassador to Rome on Thursday, for the first time since Italy declared war on France in 1940. The move signifies a serious ruptur(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister  Luigi Di Maio, who has met a senior figure from the gilets jaunes protest movement in France. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Luigi Di Maio, the Italian deputy prime minister and leader of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S), has met a senior figure from the gilet(...)

On September 2nd, 2015, the body of three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach. Alan, his mother, Rehana, and five-year-old brother, Ghalib, drowned together just 4km from the shore while attempting to cross the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Europe Photograph: Demir/AFP/Getty

In recent years the Mediterranean has become a sea of sorrows and drownings as thousands have perished trying to find a better life in Europe. Latest(...)

Italian deputy premier and labour and industry minister Luigi Di Maio with joint deputy premier and interior minister Matteo Salvini, at a commemoration marking the second anniversary of the Rigopiano Hotel avalanche disaster that claimed 29 lives, in Rigopiano, in the Abruzzo region. Photograph: Claudio Lattanzio/EPA

Tensions between France and Italy predate the current administrations in Paris and Rome. Italians resented France’s intervention in Libya, a former It(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron  sits prior to answering questions during a meeting with local residents as part of the “great national debate” in Bourg-de-Peage near Valence, France, on Thursday. Photograph: Emmanuel Foudrot/AFP/Getty Images

While weekly protests by gilets jaunes and President Emmanuel Macron’s “great national debate” continue, the minds of French politicians turn increasi(...)

 Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini attends a press conference  in Rome earlier this month. Photograph: Riccardo Antimiani/EPA

Historically and culturally, France and Italy are extremely close. Trade between the two countries represents a whopping €200 million daily. Yet relat(...)

 Italian senator Roberto Calderoli said his comments were just ‘playful banter’. File photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

A senator from Italy’s far-right League has been given an 18-month prison sentence for likening the country’s first black minister to an “orangutan”. (...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. There will be two civilisations in the EU. A mixed Muslim-Christian one in the west and a traditional European-Christian in central Europe,” he said on Thursday. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has said migration will be the main issue in European parliamentary elections in May, which he hopes anti-immigr(...)

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