Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte: will have to depend on the continuing support of the leaders of the two largest parties in his current coalition. Photograph:  Aris Oikonomou/AFP via Getty Images

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte will resign on Tuesday in an escalation of the political instability that has enveloped the country as it battle(...)

Italian premier Giuseppe Conte. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

The leaders of the two largest parties in Italy’s government have thrown their support behind prime minister Giuseppe Conte after the resignation of t(...)

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(...)

Former Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, pictured in  October  2019. (Photograph:  Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has tested positive for coronavirus and is currently in isolation at home, the staff of the 83-year-o(...)

Coffins in a  church in Serina, near Bergamo, in northern Italy, at the weekend. More than 3,000 people have died in the coronvirus outbreak  in the northern Lombardy regions around Milan. Photograph: Piero Cruciatti/AFP via Getty Images)

The image of dozens of military trucks coming out of Bergamo, carrying hundreds of coffins to available crematoriums, is a painful illustration of wha(...)

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 (...)

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (right): move is a gamble for the 44-year-old senator who is appealing to the political centre at a time when his popularity is low. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

Italy’s former prime minister Matteo Renzi has announced he is splitting from the centre-left Democratic Party to set up a new centrist political move(...)

Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio will be foreign minister in the new Italian government. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s president has given the green light to a new coalition government that is expected to be less confrontational towards the EU, pushing the anti(...)

Nicola Zingaretti, leader of the Democratic Party,  arrives for a news conference following a meeting with Italian president Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italy’s Five Star Movement and the opposition Democratic Party (PD) said on Wednesday they would try to form a coalition, setting aside years of hosti(...)

Nicola Zingaretti said a ‘turning-point’ government was needed marking a clear break from the policies of the previous government. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

The leader of Italy’s centre-left Democratic party (PD) is under pressure to relent to demands for Giuseppe Conte to lead a PD-Five Star Movement coal(...)

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