Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: faces day-of-reckoning party congress. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has come under new political pressure following confirmation that his father is under investigation, charge(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  is escorted from the EU leaders summit in Valletta on Friday: “You have to remember how many people perished in the Mediterranean Sea.” Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

European Union leaders have backed a plan to curb the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy, hoping to replicate the succ(...)

A handout picture provided by the Italian Fire Department shows an aerial view of Hotel Rigopiano after it was hit by an avalanche. Photograph: EPA/Italian Fire Department

A huge avalanche has engulfed a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rocked the area, burying up to 30 people u(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the rise of far-right parties and candidates is a cause of concern for European countries. Mr Kenny instanced the emer(...)

In October OJ Simpson becomes eligible for parole nine years after being sentenced to 33 years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, Photograph: Issac Brekken-Pool/Getty Images

January The UK’s supreme court is expected to rule on the London government’s appeal against a High Court decision that the government must seek parli(...)

Soldier at the Louvre in Paris. More than 90,000 police and soldiers will be on duty across France over the holiday. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Major western cities are tightening security for New Year’s Eve celebrations amid continuing terrorism fears, with authorities particularly concerned (...)

The Italian cabinet agreed last week to put €20bn into Monte dei Paschi and other banks after Monte dei Paschi was unable to find a new core investor. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italy’s rescue of troubled lender Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena will cost the government about €6.6 billion, the country’s central bank says, provid(...)

Video screen-grab bearing the logo of Islamic State group-linked Amaq News Agency shows Berlin truck attacker Anis Amri pledging allegiance to IS. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

German authorities have released a Tunisian man detained on suspicion of involvement in the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market last week that k(...)

The main entrance of the Monte dei Paschi bank headquarters in Siena. Earlier this week, the ECB told the bank its capital shortfall had risen to €8.8 billion. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Italian government bond yields held near two-week lows on Thursday after the country’s borrowing costs fell at the final auction of the year, in a sig(...)

Cabinet ministers agreed early Friday to put up to €20 billion into the country’s lenders after Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena’s capital-raising failed

As Italy’s government prepares to shield retail bondholders under its bank rescue plan, it probably won’t be helping many ordinary folk. Just 5.4 per(...)

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