Head of the Lega Nord (Northern League) party and senator Matteo Salvini. Photograph: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP via Getty

Italy’s League leader Matteo Salvini said the right-wing party would decide next week whether to back a government led by Mario Draghi but common grou(...)

Former head of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi looks on at the Quirinal palace after a meeting with the Italian president in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Alessandra Tarantino/ AFP via Getty Images

It is both its strength and fundamental weakness that the technocratic government which Mario Draghi is attempting to form in Italy will be “above” po(...)

Former president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi called for national unity ahead of consultations with Italy’s political parties. Photograph:   Alessandra Tarantino/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Former president of the European Central Bank Mario Draghi has accepted a request from Italy’s president to form a new coalition government as the cou(...)

 Giuseppe Conte: Few observers expected him to last in a country famed for its unstable coalitions.  Photograph:  Italian prime minister’s press office/AFP via Getty Images

Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte has resigned in an escalation of the political instability that has enveloped the country as it battles both the(...)

Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte: will have to depend on the continuing support of the leaders of the two largest parties in his current coalition. Photograph:  Aris Oikonomou/AFP via Getty Images

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte will resign on Tuesday in an escalation of the political instability that has enveloped the country as it battle(...)

Five-star movement senators celebrate after prime minister Giuseppi Conte survived a confidence vote in the Italian senate in Rome. Photograph: Roberto Monaldo/EPA

Italy’s prime minister has said he will attempt to reinforce his fragile coalition government after being left without a working majority as the coun(...)

 Italian prime minister  Giuseppe Conte in the Senate in Rome on Tuesday. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Italy’s prime minister has narrowly survived a crunch vote of confidence in his fragile coalition government as the country grapples with twin health (...)

Italy’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte needs to win the support of a majority of Italian senators ahead of a confidence vote in the upper house on Tuesday. Photograph:  Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte will face a crunch parliamentary vote on his future next week as he scrambles to find enough lawmakers to prop u(...)

Italian premier Giuseppe Conte. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

The leaders of the two largest parties in Italy’s government have thrown their support behind prime minister Giuseppe Conte after the resignation of t(...)

Matteo Renzi, leader of the Italy Alive party, wears a protective mask while speaking at a news conference in Rome, Italy, on Wednesday, Jan. 13. 2021. Renzi’s party is tiny, but without his lawmakers Conte doesn’t have a parliamentary majority. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italy’s former premier Matteo Renzi pulled his small party out of government on Wednesday, stripping the ruling coalition of its parliamentary majorit(...)

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