Members of the Italian parliament in Rome vote yesterday for a successor to Giorgio Napolitano. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Italy took a major step towards resolving the political stalemate that has blocked political life since the February general election when it r(...)

The lower house of the parliament is seen during the presidential election yesterday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Impossible though it may seem, Italy’s political landscape was looking even more confused last nigh(...)

Silvio Berlusconi: the Letizia episode prompted Mr Berlusconi’s wife, Veronica Lario, to ask for a divorce . Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

The allegations of sexual impropriety that have plagued former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi for much of the p(...)

Comic-turned-politician and leader of the 5-Star Movement Beppe Grillo. (AP Photo/Mauro Scrobogna, Lapresse)

Ex-comedian Beppe Grillo represents at one and the same time the best and the worst of Italian democracy. At first glance, his 5-Star Movement (...)

“Even if Paolo Di Canio has attempted to mollify public opinion with various apologies on the Sunderland website, that is hardly the point. His track record as a Mussolini enthusiast is long established.” Photograph: Reuters/Nigel Roddis

When football manager Paolo Di Canio expresses his admiration for fascist dictator Benito Mussolini rest assured he is not alone in modern Ital(...)

Karima el-Mahroug, better known as Ruby,  insisted that prosecutors hear her side of the story. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

The controversial “Rubygate” trial in which former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi stands accused of involvement in underage prostitut(...)

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano leaves after a media conference at the Quirinale palace in Rome. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Five weeks after last month’s inconclusive general election, Italy seems no closer to resolving its ongoing government crisis. In what looks li(...)

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano addresses the media, at Rome's Quirinale presidential palace earlier this month.

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano today ruled out standing down to make way for new parliamentary elections after the failure of attempts to(...)

Pier Luigi Bersani during a news conference following a meeting with Italian president Giorgio Napolitano in Rome yesterday. Photograph:Tony Gentile/Reuters

Italy’s ongoing government – or indeed no-government – crisis appeared to deepen last night when centre-left lead(...)

Italian centre-left leader Pier Luigi Bersanihas been invited to form government by president Giorgio NapolitanoPhotograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano today asked Democratic Party leader Pier Luigi Bersani to try to form a government, a month after inconclu(...)

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