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The  coffin of Martin McGuinness is carried through  Derry at his funeral on Thursday. Photograph: Alan Betson

The untimely death of Martin McGuinness, at the beginning of a period when he had hoped to enjoy his retirement, is being mourned deeply in Sinn Féin (...)

‘Last time I checked, the AAA-PBP wanted to nationalise companies like Apple and Google. That’s unlikely to be easy.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

If “post-truth” was the word of the year, then “populism” must have run it a close second. In case you were asleep all year, you can consult your ubi(...)

Italy’s prime minister Paolo Gentiloni delivers a speech to parliament in Rome on Tuesday. A confidence vote in his government was to take place later in the day. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Italy’s newly-appointed prime minister Paolo Gentiloni has won an initial confidence vote in the lower house of parliament, with a comfortable majorit(...)

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(...)

Anti-referendum posters displaying outgoing premier Matteo Renzi: Italy’s economy has fallen into political and economic uncertainty.  Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP

For long periods during the financial crisis, it was economic developments which were driving politics, as leaders scrambled to keep up with the extra(...)

Outgoing Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: the former mayor of Florence was a pro-EU force, and a powerful centre-left voice at the EU table. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

In the period following the British vote to leave the European Union, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi was one of the first EU figures to offer a p(...)

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announces his resignation during a press conference at the Palazzo Chigi following the results of the vote for a referendum on constitutional reforms, on December 4, 2016 in Rome. "My experience of government finishes here," Renzi told a press conference after the No campaign won what he described as an "extraordinarily clear" victory in the referendum on which he had staked his future. / AFP PHOTO / Andreas SOLAROANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images

For EU governments and financial markets, Matteo Renzi’s defeat in Italy’s constitutional reforms referendum will intensify unease about the risks of (...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi during a press conference in Rome, Italy, December 4th, 2016, during which he announced his intention to resign, after the referendum on constitutional reform. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo

For EU governments and financial markets, prime minister Matteo Renzi’s defeat in Italy’s constitutional reforms referendum will intensify unease abou(...)

Supporters of a “No” vote in the constitutional referendum in Italy rally  near the Palazzo Chigi  after the end of the vote in Rome. Exit polls suggested  voters on Sunday overwhelmingly rejected constitutional reform proposals on which prime minister Matteo Renzi has staked his political future.  Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi is to resign in the wake of an emphatic loss in Sunday’s constitutional reform referendum. Speaking just 90 minut(...)

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(...)

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