French president Emmanuel Macron said contradictions within the European People’s Party and the Party of European Socialists in the European Parliament are blocking progress. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AP

President Emmanuel Macron has called for a “recomposition” of political groupings within the European Parliament and indicated that he is likely to fo(...)

Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio said he would “find the bad apples and throw them out”. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters

Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement has been rattled by allegations that some of its politicians failed to abide by a pledge to direct half (...)

Leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, Giorgia Meloni, arrives  to attend a political rally in Rome on  January 23rd. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

When Giorgia Meloni was searching for a location to launch her campaign for Italy’s general election, she chose the city of Latina, founded by the fas(...)

Silvio Berlusconi has pledged to deport 600,000 illegal immigrants from Italy should his coalition enter government after elections on March 4th.  File photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Silvio Berlusconi has pledged to deport 600,000 illegal immigrants from Italy should his coalition enter government after elections on March 4th, as t(...)

Medics take care of an injured man after he was shot and injured in Macerata, Italy. Photograph: Reuters

An Italian man opened fire on African migrants in the central city of Macerata on Saturday, injuring six people before he was captured, in what police(...)

Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister and founder of Forza Italia, on an Italian TV show in  January. Photograph: Getty Images

With his perfectly dyed dark hair and his ivory-white teeth glistening in the lights of the television studio, Silvio Berlusconi – the octogenarian co(...)

Silvio Berlusconi on a TV show in November 2017:. Berlusconi is unapologetically old media. But that might just still work in a country where more than 20 per cent of the population is 65 or older. Photograph:  Stefania D’Alessandro/Getty Images

Silvio Berlusconi checked the puffiness of the pillow on his seat as he settled in for another comfortable interview on another of the Italian televis(...)

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi  on  a TV talk show in Rome last week. Photograph: Reuters/Remo Casilli

Italy’s financial police have filed reports about possible suspicious activity regarding the sale of the AC Milan soccer club by Silvio Berlusconi’s i(...)

 German chancellor and leader of the German Christian Democrats Angela Merkel with Horst Seehofer, governor of Bavaria and leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Unio. Photograph: Alexandra Beier/Getty Images

US: Election year Suzanne Lynch, Washington Correspondent As the sun sets on 2017, the United States is coming to terms with the first year of a Tr(...)

Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni: said Italy was “back on track” after the worst economic crisis in the postwar period. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella on Thursday dissolved parliament ahead of an election which is expected to produce a period of instability in the (...)

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