Matteo Salvini

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Northern League leader Matteo Salvini: Could end up in a position of power, either as interior minister or even prime minister – a scenario that could disturb investors and EU policymakers. Photograph: Riccardo Antimiani/EPA

Just after the start of one of his final campaign rallies this week, Matteo Salvini lunged into the kind of provocative anti-Muslim pitch to voters th(...)

Silvio Berlusconi is cheered by supporters prior to a meeting with European People’s Party president Manfred Weber in Rome on February 21st. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/Ansa via AP

On the evening of Italy’s March 4th general election, Tiziana Stellato will be counting ballots in the hospital where she works. But like many disgrun(...)

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi (centre) with European People’s Party president Manfred Weber (left), and president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, in Rome this week. Photograph:  Ettore Ferrari/ANSA/AP

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s 81-year-old media mogul, has sought to stamp his authority on his unruly centre-right coalition ahead of next weekend’s gen(...)

Silvio Berlusconi: Despite his political departure in 2011 following a sex scandal and fraud conviction, he has re-emerged as “Italy’s kindly granddad”. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Matteo Salvini* does not pull his punches. And his supporters love his bluntness. At a rally in Rome, the leader of the Northern League (NL) earned hi(...)

Leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, Giorgia Meloni, arrives  to attend a political rally in Rome on  January 23rd. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

When Giorgia Meloni was searching for a location to launch her campaign for Italy’s general election, she chose the city of Latina, founded by the fas(...)

Silvio Berlusconi has pledged to deport 600,000 illegal immigrants from Italy should his coalition enter government after elections on March 4th.  File photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Silvio Berlusconi has pledged to deport 600,000 illegal immigrants from Italy should his coalition enter government after elections on March 4th, as t(...)

Medics take care of an injured man after he was shot and injured in Macerata, Italy. Photograph: Reuters

An Italian man opened fire on African migrants in the central city of Macerata on Saturday, injuring six people before he was captured, in what police(...)

Forza Italia party leader and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: clearly running the party’s show. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

The tide of populist and Eurosceptical politics that has swept Europe over the last couple of years does not appear to be ebbing. The electoral succe(...)

Susanna Ceccardi of the right-wing Northern League, who is mayor of Cascina, in Tuscany. “I think that regulating immigration is a moderate position,” she says. Photograph: Facebook

In September 1944 African-American soldiers from the US Army’s “Buffalo” division helped liberate Cascina from German forces retreating north into the(...)

President of Lombardy Roberto Maroni discusses the voting system in the region’s autonomy referendum with Forza Italia leader and former prime minister   Silvio Berlusconi in Milan on Wednesday. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

Two of Italy’s richest regions are holding referendums on greater autonomy on Sunday, in the latest push by European regions to wrest more power from (...)

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