Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: The killing in Libya  of two Italian construction workers has put the traditional  policy of Mediterranean “dialogue” under  pressure. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Last Sunday, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi appeared on the Canale 5 programme Domenica Live (Sunday Live) and made an important statement: “As l(...)

Migrants on board of Italian Navy ship ‘Chimera’ before disembarking in the southern harbour of Salerno. The catastrophe during the week may have pushed the issue of migration up the European political agenda, but finding a long-term, cohesive solution is likely to prove more difficult. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters

EU heads of state gather in Brussels on Thursday for an emergency summit on migration prompted by the deaths of more than 900 people in the Mediterran(...)

 Pope Francis places a floral wreath during his visit to the Austro-Hungarian cemetery in Fogliano Redipuglia. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Pope Francis this morning warned that, after a century marked by two World Wars, the world may be in the grips of a third one being “fought piecemeal,(...)

 Pope Francis eating lunch   at the Vatican workers’ cafeteria in July 2014. Photograph: AP Photo/L’osservatore Romano

Around here, the times they are a changin’ . . . or are they? From Pope Francis through to current Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, there is ce(...)