5-Star Movement founder Beppe Grillo  addresses the party’s congress last month in Rimini. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s traditional political parties have pledged to back a new electoral law this week that is seen penalising the anti-establishment 5-Star Movemen(...)

A Libyan coast guardsman  during the rescue of 147 illegal immigrants attempting to reach Europe off the coastal town of Zawiyah, west of the capital Tripoli, on Tuesday. Photograph: Taha Jawashi/AFP/Getty Images

The Italian government is considering banning ships from Libya from landing at its ports after the arrival of nearly 11,000 refugees from there in the(...)

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini arrive in Washington on Tuesday ahead of a gala banquet at the White House being hosted by US president Barack Obama. Photograph: Tiberio Barchielli/EPA/Palazzo Chigi press office

US president Barack Obama has criticised austerity policies in Europe, which he says have caused “years of stagnation” and “frustrations and anxieties(...)

Silvio Berlusconi is still a prominent figure and leads Forza Italia. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/ETA

Italy’s foreign ministry has summoned the US ambassador after media reports that American intelligence services tapped the telephones of former prime (...)

On the morning after his acquittal in the so-called “Rubygate” trial, 78-year-old former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly ready to reassume full time political activity. Having won one case, the Rubygate trial,Photograph: GIUSEPPE CACACE/Getty Images

On the morning after his acquittal in the so-called “Rubygate” trial, 78-year-old former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is reportedly ready to reass(...)