Italian deputy prime  minister Matteo Salvini addresses a news conference in Rome earlier this week. File photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday he would meet coalition partner and leader of the Five Star Movement Luigi Di Maio amid sp(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron. “This is the first time that a head of state has spoken to all the peoples of Europe in their languages,” says an adviser of Mr Macron’s open lettter. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Emmanuel Macron’s open letter to the citizens of the European Union is an urgent appeal for mobilisation against the threats of what the French presid(...)

Prime minister of Canada Justin Trudeau with his present from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, whose  department spent €6,649.17 on VIP gifts  in the 11-and-a-half months to mid-December 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Charles Haughey famously gave Margaret Thatcher a teapot, Enda Kenny liked to hand out books of poems but for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar sporting parapher(...)

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy’s populist government failed to thrash out a new deficit target for the European Union in late night talks but cracks are starting to show in it(...)

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(...)

NTMA chief executive Conor O’Kelly: “The feedback we get from investors suggests they are looking favourable on Ireland’s strong economic growth, our stable political environment and our favourable funding profile.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The head of the State’s debt office has said that the steady performance of Irish government bonds in the face of recent market turbulence sparked by (...)

 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(...)

Prime Minister designate Carlo Cottarelli (left) and Italian President Sergio Mattarella (right) are due to meet again on Wednesday.

Uncertainty over Italy’s future government combined with concerns over bullish rhetoric from the US and China over trade hit Asian markets early this (...)

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