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(...)

Staff members fix the microphone before Laura Boldrini from the centre-left gives a speech after the vote electing her as the new lower house president at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome. Photograph: Reuters

Italy continues to run the risk of a second general election in five months following the opening of parliament at the (...)

Italian cardinal and Milan archbishop Angelo Scola leads a mass at the Santi Apostoli church  in Rom.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Cardinal Angelo Scola, the Archbishop of Milan and arguably the leading Italian candidate to become pope, more than 30 years ago participated i(...)

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