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Italian premier Giuseppe Conte (right) and labour minister Luigi Di Maio  ahead of a confidence vote on the government’s programme  on  June 6th, 2018.  Photograph: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

Frankfurt’s European Central Bank doesn’t do forgiveness. Like the corner shops of old, there should be a sign up in the lobby: “Please don’t ask for (...)

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte leaves his house in Rome, on Friday. The prospect of an autumn election in Italy has receded for now. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

A successful populist is a master opportunist. But, as in chess, his success also owes something to his opponent’s missteps, his short-sightedness, hi(...)

Mounted police officers perform the changing of the guard prior to the swearing-in ceremony for Italy’s new government at Quirinale Presidential Palace in Rome, Italy. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA.

Italy’s new government was sworn in on Friday, ending the country’s longest postwar political crisis but pushing the euro zone’s third-largest economy(...)

Something in my AI: L’Oréal’s robot zooms in with some mascara at the VivaTech trade fair in Paris. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty

In numbers: Bans and bots 1 Number of months for which Facebook will be banned in Papua New Guinea. Its government plans to spend the time identifyi(...)

 Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s far-right League party,   greets supporters  in Pisa on Wednesday. Photograph: Gianni Nucci/EPA

Italy’s president has attempted to broker an eleventh-hour deal between the country’s two largest populist parties to avoid another destabilising nati(...)

For the past week, it appeared that Italy was on the brink of a defining moment: an alliance between the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the(...)

Carlo Cottarelli: steps in to lead government as  Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio claims President  Sergio Mattarella was responsible for “the darkest night Italy’s democracy has ever seen”.   Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

European capitals watched nervously on Monday and markets tumbled as Carlo Cottarelli stepped forward to head a temporary new Italian government. The (...)

Italian president Sergio Mattarella: blocked a proposal by Five Star and League to nominate eurosceptic economist Paolo Savona as finance minister. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/AP

Investors ditched Italian bonds and equities on Monday as Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s president, sought to head off political and market tensions by as(...)

 Italian president Sergio Mattarella addresses the media after meeting Italy’s premier-designate Giuseppe Conte in Rome. Mr  Mattarella said he refused to approve populist leaders’ choice of an economy minister –  Paolo Savona – who has expressed anti-euro views. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Italy’s efforts to form a government broke down on Sunday after the president rejected a eurosceptic pick for the key economy ministry, triggering a (...)

Italy’s prime minister-designate Giuseppe Conte: markets are tumbling on fears the Eurosceptic government will go on a spending spree.  Photograph: Tony Gentile

Italy’s prime minister-designate Giuseppe Conte laboured to finalise his cabinet team on Friday as markets tumbled on fears the incoming Eurosceptic g(...)

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