Matteo Salvini

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The Madrid People’s Party’s maverick leader, Isabel Ayuso, successfully presented this regional election as a national plebiscite on his struggling government. Photograph: Javier Soriano/ AFP via Getty Images

The seismic results of Tuesday’s elections to the Madrid region’s powerful autonomous parliament have shaken national politics, and sent ripples abroa(...)

 Italian prime minister Mario Draghi at a wreath-laying ceremony on Sunday  marking the 76th anniversary of Liberation Day in Rome. Photograph: Filippo Attili/EPA

Italy will begin easing its coronavirus lockdown on Monday in what is considered to be Mario Draghi’s first significant gamble since taking office as (...)

Health workers attend to a suspected covid-19 positive patient at jumbo Covid-19 centre in Mumbai, India. Photograph: Divyakant Solanki/EPA

India reported a global record of more than 314,000 new infections Thursday as a grim coronavirus surge in the world’s second-most populous country ha(...)

From left: Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and Italian senator and head of the Lega Nord (Northern League) party Matteo Salvini pose for photos after a press conference  in Budapest. Photograph:   Attila Kisbenedek/Getty Images)

Hungary’s nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban and Polish ally Mateusz Morawiecki have agreed with Italian far-right leader Matteo Salvini to work (...)

  League party Matteo Salvini, the one-time poster child of anti-euro populism, has enthusiastically embraced a new Italian government led by Mario Draghi. Photograph:  Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

For years Matteo Salvini was their “Capitano”, a fearless hero who antagonised Brussels and toured Italy in a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan “no m(...)

Mario Draghi. Photograph: Angelo Carcon/EPA

Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement said on Monday it would consult members on whether it should back a government led by former European Ce(...)

Head of the Lega Nord (Northern League) party and senator Matteo Salvini. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP via Getty

Italy’s League leader Matteo Salvini said the right-wing party would decide next week whether to back a government led by Mario Draghi but common grou(...)

Former head of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi looks on at the Quirinal palace after a meeting with the Italian president in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/ AFP via Getty Images

It is both its strength and fundamental weakness that the technocratic government which Mario Draghi is attempting to form in Italy will be “above” po(...)

Former president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi called for national unity ahead of consultations with Italy’s political parties. Photograph:   Alessandra Tarantino/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Former president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi has accepted a request from Italy’s president to form a new coalition government as the cou(...)

Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte needs to win the support of a majority of Italian senators ahead of a confidence vote in the upper house on Tuesday. Photograph:  Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte will face a crunch parliamentary vote on his future next week as he scrambles to find enough lawmakers to prop u(...)

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