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(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Finland’s Prime Minister Juha Sipila (right)  at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Helsinki. Photograph: Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva via AP

Taoiseach Leo Vardakar has set out a second key condition for acceptance by Ireland of any Brexit backstop review mechanism currently being proposed b(...)

Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak: his  alleged threat to Fifa reminds us that it feels as though the legal system is something the rich use as a club to batter opposition into submission.  Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The latest tranche of Football Leaks revelations, presented over the weekend by a consortium of media organisations led by Der Spiegel, contained more(...)

Real Madrid’s Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Italian Serie A side Juventus FC in a deal worth €100 million. Photograph: PA

Cristiano Ronaldo described it in matter-of-fact terms as “the moment to begin a new cycle”. In Italy the headline writers went a little bigger as the(...)

Italy’s interior minister and deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini: those who knew him believed he was a true ideologue. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

In the early years, when he was still a secessionist who believed northern Italy should break off and become an independent state called Padania, Matt(...)

Children from the Roma community at the “River Village”  camp on the outskirts of Rome: interior minister Matteo Salvini has defended his plan for a Roma census. Photograph:  Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

Matteo Salvini vowed to turn “words into action” in his drive to root out and expel thousands of nomadic Roma from Italy as he shrugged off critics wh(...)

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(...)

For the past week, it appeared that Italy was on the brink of a defining moment: an alliance between the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the(...)

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