Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte needs to win the support of a majority of Italian senators ahead of a confidence vote in the upper house on Tuesday. Photograph:  Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte will face a crunch parliamentary vote on his future next week as he scrambles to find enough lawmakers to prop u(...)

Italian premier Giuseppe Conte. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

The leaders of the two largest parties in Italy’s government have thrown their support behind prime minister Giuseppe Conte after the resignation of t(...)

Matteo Renzi, leader of the Italy Alive party, wears a protective mask while speaking at a news conference in Rome, Italy, on Wednesday, Jan. 13. 2021. Renzi’s party is tiny, but without his lawmakers Conte doesn’t have a parliamentary majority. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italy’s former premier Matteo Renzi pulled his small party out of government on Wednesday, stripping the ruling coalition of its parliamentary majorit(...)

League party leader Matteo Salvini in Cernobbio, near Como: He has pleaded for President Sergio Mattarella to call national elections sooner rather than later. Photograph: Marco Ottico/EPA

Italy’s ruling Democratic party is facing a watershed moment this weekend as it contemplates losing control of a region seen as one of the spiritual h(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives with Mario Draghi, outgoing president of the European Central Bank for a handing over ceremony to his successor Christine Lagarde. Photograph: Silas Stein/POOL/AFP

Outgoing European Central Bank president Mario Draghi made one last plea for euro zone fiscal support as he signed off from the presidency in a ceremo(...)

President Donald Trump meeting Italian president Sergio Mattarella at the White House in Washington on Wednesday, Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump has said that the Kurds fighting in northern Syria are “not angels” as he defended his decision to withdraw US troops from t(...)

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. (...)

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