Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte. Photograph: Getty Images

Italy’s populist government failed to thrash out a new deficit target for the European Union in late night talks but cracks are starting to show in it(...)

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte leaves his house in Rome, on Friday. The prospect of an autumn election in Italy has receded for now. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

A successful populist is a master opportunist. But, as in chess, his success also owes something to his opponent’s missteps, his short-sightedness, hi(...)

Mounted police officers perform the changing of the guard prior to the swearing-in ceremony for Italy’s new government at Quirinale Presidential Palace in Rome, Italy. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA.

Italy’s new government was sworn in on Friday, ending the country’s longest postwar political crisis but pushing the euro zone’s third-largest economy(...)

Something in my AI: L’Oréal’s robot zooms in with some mascara at the VivaTech trade fair in Paris. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty

In numbers: Bans and bots 1 Number of months for which Facebook will be banned in Papua New Guinea. Its government plans to spend the time identifyi(...)

NTMA chief executive Conor O’Kelly: “The feedback we get from investors suggests they are looking favourable on Ireland’s strong economic growth, our stable political environment and our favourable funding profile.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The head of the State’s debt office has said that the steady performance of Irish government bonds in the face of recent market turbulence sparked by (...)

 Matteo Salvini, leader of Italy’s far-right League party,   greets supporters  in Pisa on Wednesday. Photograph: Gianni Nucci/EPA

Italy’s president has attempted to broker an eleventh-hour deal between the country’s two largest populist parties to avoid another destabilising nati(...)

Prime Minister designate Carlo Cottarelli (left) and Italian President Sergio Mattarella (right) are due to meet again on Wednesday.

Uncertainty over Italy’s future government combined with concerns over bullish rhetoric from the US and China over trade hit Asian markets early this (...)

For the past week, it appeared that Italy was on the brink of a defining moment: an alliance between the anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the(...)

Carlo Cottarelli  after a meeting with Italian president Sergio Mattarella that gave him a mandate to form a government. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty

What is causing the current bout of market turbulence? It was triggered by political instability in Italy, but also reflects a deeper concern about t(...)

Italian stocks dropped on Tuesday with the benchmark index, the FTSE MIB, down 3 per cent.

Italy’s bond market suffered a steep sell-off on Tuesday, sending the yield on the country’s two-year bond to the highest level in more than four year(...)

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