Matteo Salvini

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Italy interior minister and League party leader Matteo Salvini: said there was “no alternative majority” that could work in the Italian parliament. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Tensions between Italy’s ruling populist parties have broken out into public recrimination in the run-up to this month’s European elections, rippling (...)

Austria’s vice-chancellor and chairman of the Freedom Party FPOe Heinz-Christian Strache talks with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban (right) at the end of a press conference at the Carmelite monastery of the prime minister’s office in Budapest on Monday. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban is increasingly isolated in the EU’s main centre-right bloc ahead of this month’s European elections, after he c(...)

 Matteo Salvini and Viktor Orban. Mr Orban called Mr Salvini ‘the most important person in Europe today’ for refusing to accept migrants arriving to Italy by ship from north Africa. Photograph: Szilard Koszticsak/EPA

The United Nations human rights office has called on Hungary to stop denying food to migrants detained in a so-called transit zone on the country’s bo(...)

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, who has told transport minister Armando Siri to  stand down over allegations of graft. Photograph: Zoubeir Souissi/Reuters

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte has intervened in a corruption scandal that has threatened to split the country’s populist coalition. Mr Conte (...)

A handout photo provided by the Hungarian prime minister’s press office shows Viktor Orbán, right, and Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini at the Hungarian-Serbian border. Photograph: Balazs Szecsodi/EPA

Hungary’s populist prime minister Viktor Orbán has urged the main centre-right bloc in the European Parliament to join him in working with nationalist(...)

European Parliament in Strasbourg:  the dominant dividing line could be between politicians who want common EU-level solutions and those who favour safeguarding national sovereignty. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Four in 10 French voters say they have no interest in May’s European elections, a recent poll reports. The apathy vote is up more than a sixth since M(...)

The White House said that Mr Trump ‘recognised Gen Haftar’s significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources’.

The UN has warned that international rivalries and support for competing Libyan factions has helped push the oil-rich north African state to the brink(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader of the far-right League party, Matteo Salvini:  scornful of the “buonista”. Photograph: Federico Bernini/Bloomberg

Notes from the campaign trail: with the European Parliament election campaign now well under way across the EU ahead of next month’s voting, allow me (...)

Libyan women shout slogans during a demonstration to demand an end to  Khalifa Haftar’s offensive against Tripoli, at Martyrs’ Square in the capital on Wednesday. Photograph: Hani Amara/Reuters

Shells slammed into a densely-populated district of Tripoli overnight on Tuesday, piling misery on civilians from a two-week assault by commander Kha(...)

Olli Kotro, Joerg Meuthen and Matteo Salvini, Italian deputy prime minister, during an international meeting of European right-wing parties, in Milan, on Monday. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

With lofty rhetoric and classic populist messaging, Italy’s Matteo Salvini launched what he called “a vision of Europe for the next 50 years” in Milan(...)

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