President-elect Donald Trump with Secret Service: “I spent months never believing that he would be elected president,” said one Democrat. “I sincerely hope that the office makes the man.” Photograph: AP/Andrew Harnik

President Donald Trump will walk into the Oval Office and be stunned. First, it will be a shock to work in an office decorated with images of men othe(...)

Silvio Berlusconi: ‘I did a lot of sport in my youth and I have an athlete’s heart, but in the last 20 years I have undergone 73 different trials’. File photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

It is Saturday afternoon at Palazzo Quirinale, once home to the pope but these days the official residence of the Italian president. In the long and n(...)

Shares in MPS were suspended   after the bank, Italy’s third largest lender by assets, warned that its liquidity levels were deteriorating rapidly

Monte dei Paschi di Siena (MPS) is to be rescued by the Italian state using a new €20 billion bailout package as a last-gasp private sector rescue pla(...)

Bob Geldof told Trinity Law Society Europe is heading towards war. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Bob Geldof railed, as only he can, against political populism and the inability of the European Union to function effectively, when he met a group of(...)

Mairead McGuinness: The Irish MEP lost her bid to become a candidate for president of the  European Parliament, with 57 votes to winner Antonio Tajani’s 94. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The nomination of an Italian MEP as the European People’s Party (EPP) candidate for president of the European Parliament has dashed Irish hopes of hav(...)

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, whose holding company Fininvest is the controlling shareholder in mediaset. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

French tycoon Vincent Bollore has raised the stakes in a battle of nerves with Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset by saying Vivendi could buy up to a fifth (...)

  As prime minister, Paolo Gentiloni will represent a serious contrast with his predecessor.  Photographer: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Paolo Gentiloni, Italy’s newly appointed prime minister, is nothing if not a “safe pair of hands”. It is indicative that when commentators go lookin(...)

Italy’s newly elected prime minister Paolo Gentiloni: he represents a serious contrast with his predecessor. Photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

Paolo Gentiloni, Italy’s newly appointed prime minister, is nothing if not a “safe pair of hands”. It is indicative that when commentators go looking (...)

 Italian president Sergio Mattarella: will hold talks with  23  parliamentary groups. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Italian president Sergio Mattarella last night initiated three days of consultations aimed at appointing a successor to prime minister Matteo Renzi, w(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: was a committed European and  powerful voice against the austerity promulgated by Berlin and Brussels.  Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi

Political instability reached the shores of continental Europe this week as Austrian and Italian voters went to the polls in two very different, but e(...)

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