Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli poses at the British embassy in Rome before receiving the medal of knighthood from the British ambassador to Italy in 2004. File photograph: Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images

Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a stat(...)

Former Conservative  MP  Ann Widdecombe   with colleagues from the Brexit Party celebrate it success in the EU elections in London on Monday. Photograph: Tolga AkmenAFP/Getty Images

AUSTRIA The conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) of Sebastian Kurz shrugged off 10 days of crisis, and his impending dismissal as chancellor, to finish (...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister and League party leader Matteo Salvini greets supporters during a rally of European nationalist and far-right parties in Milan last Sunday. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

As Matteo Salvini stepped out of his ministerial car and was whisked by security guards into a theatre in the southern Italian town of Foggia, the che(...)

Moe the bartender in The Simpsons: cute questioning. Illustration: Fox via Getty

In a 1999 episode of The Simpsons, Moe the bartender asks some European visitors about life in their faraway continent. “To be honest,” says a goatee-(...)

Big box office: Linda Lovelace in Deep Throat. Photograph: AMMA/Getty

Where have all the sexy films gone? If it goes on like this the tabloids will have no “sick filth” left to ban. We usually get the future wrong. A th(...)

Imane Fadil leaving a court in Milan in 2011. She  had repeatedly told friends and relatives she was scared someone wanted to kill her. Photograph: Luca Bruno/AP

Results from the first tests on the body of Imane Fadil, a Moroccan model who was a regular guest at Silvio Berlusconi’s “bunga bunga” parties, have e(...)

 Moroccan model Imane Fadil  arrives at the Milan court, to be heard as a witness, in in 2012. File photograph: Daniele Mascolo/EPA

Italian magistrates said on Friday they had opened an investigation into possible murder after the mysterious death of a Moroccan model who was a reg(...)

A portrait of European Parliament president Antonio Tajani with the slogan “no more facism” on the desk of a Member of the European Parliament during a voting session in Strasbourg on Thursday. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The suggestion by the president of the European Parliament that Benito Mussolini did “positive things” for Italy has provoked uproar and calls for res(...)

Lazio fans have long been associated with fascism. Photo: Marco Rosi/Getty Images

Recent weeks have shown, once again, that Italian football has a deep-seated problem with racism and fascism. At the St Stephen’s Day game at the San (...)

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(...)

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