Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: The head of Eurosceptic party Forza Italia is actually the last PM to be voted in by the people. Photograph: Reuters/Remo Casilli

Shakers and makers across the globe, including Barack Obama and Angela Merkel, will be keeping a close eye on the outcome of a critical Italian consti(...)

Matteo Renzi: The Italian prime minister promised to respect a No vote, though he said it would be “a pity”. Photograph: Reuters/Stefano Rellandini

Insults and mutual accusations marked Friday’s closing stages of a referendum campaign that could end the career of Italian prime minister Matteo Renz(...)

Five Star Movement  founder Beppe Grillo: the group could potentially establish itself as Italy’s leading party. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Showing the skills that have made him a leading campaigner for Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement, Alessandro Di Battista channelled all t(...)

Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures as he attends a television talk show  in Rome on Wednesday to campaign for a No vote. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has stepped up his campaign for a No vote in a critical constitutional reform referendum on Sunday. (...)

A banner portraying Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi and reading “Let’s oust Renzi” during a pro-No demonstration ahead of Sunday’s referendum on constitutional reform. Photograph: AP/Andrew Medichini

As concern over the impact of a No vote in next Sunday’s constitutional referendum in Italy prompted Europe-wide stock market losses on Monday – the M(...)

Rome’s European allies and the financial markets have been nervously watching Italy’s referendum campaign as if they were about to see a reprise of th(...)

Marchers hold up a  banner  reading “Let’s oust Renzi”  during a demonstration ahead of a referendum next Sunday on constitutional reform. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

If Matteo Renzi is to score a comeback victory in the constitutional referendum that has transfixed Italian politics, Flavio Arzarello, a bearded(...)

Demonstrators in Rome hold banners calling for a No vote ahead of the  referendum on constitutional reform in Italy. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has stepped into the fray ahead of the country’s key constitutional reform referendum, calling on vot(...)

He hasn’t gone away, you know. Former prime minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi is pictured at Sunday’s Milan football derby between AC Milan, the club he chairs, and Inter. Photograph: Marco Bertorello /AFP/Getty Images

Silvio Berlusconi thrust himself back into the frontline of Italian politics with an emphatic rejection of Matteo Renzi’s constitutional reforms, tryi(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi arrives for a press conference  in Chigi Palace, Rome. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

“Franco, do whatever the Madonna would do, offer them fried fish, take them out on a boat, on a yacht, do whatever the f*** you have to do, but don’t (...)

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