Matteo Salvini

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League party leader Matteo Salvini addresses the media  in Milan on Monday. Photograph:  Piero Cruciatti/AFP via Getty Images

Matteo Salvini’s anti-migration opposition League party suffered a disappointing round of regional election results in Italy as it failed to win in th(...)

League party leader Matteo Salvini in Cernobbio, near Como: He has pleaded for President Sergio Mattarella to call national elections sooner rather than later. Photograph: Marco Ottico/EPA

Italy’s ruling Democratic party is facing a watershed moment this weekend as it contemplates losing control of a region seen as one of the spiritual h(...)

Supporters of proposed legislation that would explicitly recognise discrimination against women and LBGT people demonstrate in Rome on July 16th. Photograph:  Simona Granati/Corbis/Getty Images

Three weeks on from the brutal attack in the Italian city of Pescara that left a young gay man needing reconstructive facial surgery, Lorenzo has join(...)

Spanish police officers check passengers on their arrival in Madrid, from Paris. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/Getty/AFP

We are still in the early chapters of the Covid-19 story and it’s too soon to judge the full impact of the pandemic. But one can tentatively discern s(...)

William Ackman, founder and chief executive officer of Pershing Square, made trades that reaped $2.6bn of profits during March’s coronavirus sell-off. File photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on international stock markets in recent months, but some investors – think short-sellers, hedge funds, bargain-hunting (...)

Pigeons gather on Piazza del Duomo by Milan’s cathedral in northern Italy on March 10th.Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte is preparing to increase Italy’s fiscal stimulus program for the fourth time in a month, officials said, after t(...)

 League leader Matteo Salvini in the Italian Senate in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Riccardo Antimiani/EPA

Italy’s senate has voted to strip Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing League party, of his legal immunity, paving the way for the former interior(...)

The leader of Italy’s far-right Lega party, Matteo Salvini. File photograph: Flavio Lo Scalzo/Reuters

The Italian coalition which took office in 2018, bringing together Luigi Di Maio’s populist Five Star Movement (M5S) and Matteo Salvini’s far-right Le(...)

Leader of Italy’s far-right League party Matteo Salvini in Bologna on Monday. He said he was happy to have run a competitive campaign in a region that has voted for the left since the end of the second World War. Photograph: Flavio Lo Scalzo/Reuters

Matteo Salvini’s attempt to trigger a crisis for Italy’s coalition government by seizing control of the left-wing region of Emilia-Romagna has failed (...)

Luigi di Maio’s unintentional legacy may have been to channel voters towards the far-right League party, led by Matteo Salvini. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

Luigi Di Maio, the youthful but stern-looking face of the Five Star Movement, propelled the grassroots movement to power by capitalising on anti-estab(...)

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