Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, speaks with Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister, after a press conference ahead of their dinner at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

French president Emmanuel Macron’s short trip to Rome on Wednesday night ended the 15 worst months in Franco-Italian relations in recent memory, and s(...)

Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio will be foreign minister in the new Italian government. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s president has given the green light to a new coalition government that is expected to be less confrontational towards the EU, pushing the anti(...)

Five Star Movement leader Luigi di Maio following a meeting with Italian president Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on August 28th. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italy’s Five Star Movement has voted heavily in favour of a coalition with a centre-left rival, putting the country on track for a new government and (...)

In the United States a rise in technology stocks lifted Wall Street.  Photograph: EPA

Irish stocks outperformed European peers yesterday as markets globally rallied on hopes of a resolution to a trade dispute between the US and China. (...)

Italian president Sergio Mattarella with prime minister Giuseppe Conte  during their meeting at the Quirinal Palace in Rome on Thursday. Photograph: Paolo Giandotti/EPA

Italy’s president asked Giuseppe Conte to head a coalition of the Five Star Movement and opposition Democratic Party (PD) on Thursday, a move could th(...)

Nicola Zingaretti, leader of the Democratic Party,  arrives for a news conference following a meeting with Italian president Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italy’s Five Star Movement and the opposition Democratic Party (PD) said on Wednesday they would try to form a coalition, setting aside years of hosti(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader of the Five Star Movement,  Luigi Di Maio, speaks to reporters in Rome on Monday. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump weighed into Italy’s political crisis on Tuesday, saying he hoped Giuseppe Conte would be reinstated as prime minister, as t(...)

Nicola Zingaretti said a ‘turning-point’ government was needed marking a clear break from the policies of the previous government. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

The leader of Italy’s centre-left Democratic party (PD) is under pressure to relent to demands for Giuseppe Conte to lead a PD-Five Star Movement coal(...)

Italian president Sergio Mattarella, left, meets League leader Matteo Salvini in Rome. Photograph: Paolo Giandotti/Presidential Palace/Handout via Reuters

The leader of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) has said he is striving for “a solid majority” with the centre-left Democratic Party(...)

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte (right) is flanked by deputy prime ministers Matteo Salvini as he addresses the parliament in Rome on Tuesday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

With the resignation of Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, Italy has moved closer to another general election at a time when it badly needs politi(...)

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