Luigi Di Maio, the Italian Five Star Movement leader: party is ready to “talk to all parties” about its government agenda. Photograph:  Alessandro Di Meo

Italy’s hung parliament and the prospect of a government in Rome led by one of two populist parties has sent ripples of concern through European capit(...)

 Lega leader Matteo Salvini: the party represents Italy’s wealthy north and taxpayers who resent corruption. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro

Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella has one hell of a dilemma. Normally it’s simple. He asks the largest party in parliament to see if it can put toge(...)

Northern League party leader Matteo Salvini arrives to casts his vote at a polling station in Milan, Italy. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

Italians waited in long queues at polling booths on Sunday to vote in an election that could bring political gridlock after a campaign marked by anger(...)

As Italian voters go to the polls, surveys suggest the 82-year-old former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi could emerge as kingmaker. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Having had 40 prime ministers and more than 60 governments since the second World War, Italians have learned not to expect their elections to deliver (...)

Northern League leader Matteo Salvini: Could end up in a position of power, either as interior minister or even prime minister – a scenario that could disturb investors and EU policymakers. Photograph: Riccardo Antimiani/EPA

Just after the start of one of his final campaign rallies this week, Matteo Salvini lunged into the kind of provocative anti-Muslim pitch to voters th(...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi with European  Parliament president Antonio Tajani in Strasbourg in July 2017. Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Tuesday he planned to propose Antonio Tajani, the president of the European Parliament, as prime mini(...)

Silvio Berlusconi is cheered by supporters prior to a meeting with European People’s Party president Manfred Weber in Rome on February 21st. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/Ansa via AP

On the evening of Italy’s March 4th general election, Tiziana Stellato will be counting ballots in the hospital where she works. But like many disgrun(...)

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi (centre) with European People’s Party president Manfred Weber (left), and president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, in Rome this week. Photograph:  Ettore Ferrari/ANSA/AP

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s 81-year-old media mogul, has sought to stamp his authority on his unruly centre-right coalition ahead of next weekend’s gen(...)

PD party leader Matteo Renzi has tried to make the case that continuity is the best recipe for Italy in matters of security and migration as well as economic policy. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The traditional Tuscan ribollita stew was about to be served and the red wine was already on the tables: in front of a cheerful and admiring lunchtime(...)

Silvio Berlusconi: Despite his political departure in 2011 following a sex scandal and fraud conviction, he has re-emerged as “Italy’s kindly granddad”. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Matteo Salvini* does not pull his punches. And his supporters love his bluntness. At a rally in Rome, the leader of the Northern League (NL) earned hi(...)

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