Italian prime minister Mario Draghi in Algiers: Draghi says he will not block EU sanctions on Russian gas and has moved to secure alternative supplies from Algeria. Photograph: Algerian presidency handout/ EPA

The single most painful sanction imposed on Russia has been the joint western move to block the Russian central bank’s access to its foreign currency (...)

Shelbourne manager Damien Duff during  his team’s defeat to St Patrick’s. Photograph: Tom Maher/Inpho

Walking down Richmond Road last Friday towards a sold-out Tolka Park to watch Shelbourne vs St Patrick’s Athletic was a brilliant buzz. There was a pa(...)

Italian president Sergio Mattarella delivering a speech after his re-election in Rome.Photograph:  Handout/Quirinale Press Office/AFP via Getty Images

Italian president Sergio Mattarella has been elected to a second seven-year term as the country’s head of state, ending a political deadlock lasting d(...)

 Maria Elisabetta  Casellati looks on during the counting of the ballots at the Lower House (Chamber of Deputies), in Rome.  A simple majority of more than 1,000 lawmakers and other representatives is needed to elect a successor to president Mattarella, whose seven-year term is ending.  Photograph: Roberto Monaldo/EPA/

Italy’s fragile national unity government came under severe strain on Friday as its right-wing members tried to push for their own candidate as the co(...)

Leader of Italy’s liberal-conservative party Forza Italia, Silvio Berlusconi. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty

Italian parliamentarians will begin casting their votes for a new president on Monday after scandal-plagued Silvio Berlusconi abandoned his dream of b(...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: Analysts believe he will find it hard to muster the broad support needed for election. Photograph: Piero Cruciatti/AFP

Undeterred by health woes, sex scandals and advanced age, former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is doggedly pursuing a promise he once made (...)

The Hand of God premiered earlier this year at the Venice Film Festival, where it picked up the Grand Jury Prize and earned breakthrough actor Filippo Scotti the Marcello Mastroianni Award. Photograph: Gianni Fiorito

Aged 16, Paolo Sorrentino set out for Empoli to watch his hero, Diego Maradona, play for his local team, Napoli. Upon returning home, he found both hi(...)

At her first European Council meeting in December 2005, Angela Merkel emerged in the early hours ‘the deal-maker’ in brokering a budget accord. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

It was a different world when Angela Merkel walked into her first European Council meeting on December 15th, 2005. Around the table to discuss issues(...)

Silvio Berlusconi: The 84-year-old Italian magnate is eager to cement his legacy. Photograph: Antonio Masiello/ Getty

Standing in the sun outside Milan’s San Raffaele Hospital last September, Silvio Berlusconi, the great survivor of Italian politics, recounted the sto(...)

 Italian prime minister Mario Draghi at a wreath-laying ceremony on Sunday  marking the 76th anniversary of Liberation Day in Rome. Photograph: Filippo Attili/EPA

Italy will begin easing its coronavirus lockdown on Monday in what is considered to be Mario Draghi’s first significant gamble since taking office as (...)

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