An Italian policeman looks at an electoral poster at a polling station in Rome. Why are Italian voters so disenchanted? The obvious answers are that economic performance has been so dismal, while established Italian policymakers appear so ineffective

The election results in Italy are a lesson to Europe. Italians were once among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European project. This is true (...)

An activist wearing a mask of Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi poses during a tour, the day after Italy’s parliamentary elections, in Rome. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

In numbers: Weather fix 808,000 Bumper average audience for the RTÉ Six-One news on Thursday, March 1st, as Ireland succumbed to snowfall and Storm (...)

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(...)

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