From left: European Council president Donald Tusk, German chancellor Angela Merkel, US president Donald Trump, French president Emmanuel Macron and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe during the G7 summit in Taormina, Sicily, on Friday. Photograph:  Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

US president Donald Trump clashed with his western allies over trade and climate change on Friday at what one EU leader described as one of the most c(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron’s main priority in meeting Donald Trump is “to reaffirm the cohesion, unity and solidity” of Nato, an adviser said. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump’s abrasive manner and erratic behaviour are posing fresh challenges to multilateral institutions, as will be clear at a meet(...)

US president Donald Trump said ‘no politician in history . . . has been treated worse or more unfairly’. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

US president Donald Trump has accused the media of unfairly targeting him and has vowed to continue his agenda as president, in his first public comme(...)

Much of France, Europe and the world heaved a huge sigh of relief last night when the independent centrist Emmanuel Macron won a landslide victory in (...)

  Former Italian premier Matteo Renzi  speaks after winning the Democratic party’s primary elections and gaining leadership of Italy’s ruling Democratic Party  party in Rome, Italy. A general election is scheduled for early 2018.  Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Matteo Renzi, staging a political comeback less than five months after resigning as Italy’s prime minister, easily regained the leadership of the ruli(...)

 Ledell Lee  (51) was executed by lethal injection for the  murder of a 26-year-old woman, Debra Reese, in 1993. Photograph: AP

Arkansas has carried out its first execution in more than a decade after the US supreme court struck down a last-minute appeal by lawyers representin(...)

US president Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House in Washington on Thursday. Photograph: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

US president Donald Trump has accused Iran of failing to live up to the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal as he reiterated his description of the deal as(...)

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: The PD party has been dealing with a corruption investigation involving Renzi’s father. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Former Italian prime minister and Partito Democratico (PD) leader Matteo Renzi, who for the past three years has been consistently portrayed as Italy’(...)

 EU commissioner Phil Hogan has warned against talk of treaty changes for which the weary public has no appetite. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

In the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote last summer Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi invited German chancellor Angela Merkel and French presi(...)

Matteo Renzi: If he wins  party leadership contest,  he may move for a general election in the autumn. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/ANSA via AP

Two days after a tense party assembly, the future of Italy’s centre-left ruling party, the Partito Democratico (PD), is still threatened by a split fr(...)

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