Mairead McGuinness MEP: respected by both sides in the European Parliament. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

MEPs gathered in Strasbourg this week for their regular plenary session at the European Parliament. While events were not as dramatic as last time, wh(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has placed his political career on the line by calling a constitutional referendum on December 4th. Photograph: Alessandro di Meo/EPA

As the United Kingdom pulls up its Brexit drawbridge, a political time bomb on the other side of Europe that’s weighing on financial markets is encap(...)

 Dario Fo on the stage in a Milan theatre in 1997: “I was born politicised.”

Satire was always dangerous in the long career of Dario Fo, the Italian actor, director and dramatist who has died in Milan at the age of 90, and whos(...)

British justice secretary Michael Gove: in an email  his wife Sarah Vine warned Mr Gove to  “get specific assurances from Boris, otherwise you cannot guarantee your support” for his leadership bid. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty

Boris Johnson’s key ally in the Conservative leadership contest, justice secretary Michael Gove, had concerns about his candidacy, according to an em(...)

Front pages reacting to the UK’s vote to leave the EU from ‘Le Monde’, ‘Bild’ and the ‘New Yorker’ at the weekend

After Bild’s one-word reaction to Brexit on Saturday – Outsch! – the German tabloid’s Sunday edition called for calm. Just because Britain had shown E(...)

 Silvio Berlusconi, who was taken to hospital last week suffering from “ a life-threatening” cardiac deficiency.  Photograph:  Photo/Luca Bruno, AP

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi had open heart surgery at the age of 79 yesterday, an operation his doctors described as a success and(...)

During Hitler’s lifetime, Mein Kampf sold 12 million copies in 18 languages. Photograph: Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

An Italian newspaper has been criticised for distributing free copies of an annotated version of Hitler’s Mein Kampf with a paid supplement to Saturda(...)

The narrow defeat of Norbert Hofer, of the far-right Freedom Party, in the race to become Austrian president nevertheless marked an extraordinary and (...)

Enduring  irony: Silvio Berlusconi has managed to turn the forthcoming mayoral contest in Rome on its head, causing problems for his centre-right “rivals” and potentially doing favours to his centre-left “allies”. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

So, you all thought that media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi was just toast at this stage, not so much yesterday’s man as the day before yesterday’s man? W(...)

 AC Milan have announced the sacking of coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, replacing the Serbian with youth team handler Cristian Brocchi until the end of the season. Photograph: Getty Images

Sinisa Mihajlovic has been sacked as coach of Milan and replaced by the youth coach Cristian Brocchi. The Rossoneri acted after a disappointing camp(...)

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