Anti-establishment  Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio and   far-right League party leader Matteo Salvini: expected to meet President Sergio Mattarella on Monday. Photographs: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s two anti-establishment parties on Friday promised to ramp up spending in a programme for a new coalition government, putting them on a collisi(...)

epaItaly’s Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio is surrounded by the media as he leaves  the parliament building   in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Italy’s two anti-establishment parties agreed the basis for a governing accord on Thursday that would slash taxes, ramp up welfare spending and pose (...)

Five-Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio: with League leader Matteo  Salvini he denied disagreements over who should be premier were to blame for the delay in reaching a coalition pact. Photograph: Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA via AP

Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League won more time on Monday to put together a government, amid suggestions they wer(...)

President Michael D Higgins attends the State of the Union conference, Solidarity in Europe – Authenticity in the European Street, for which  he gave an address  at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. He is pictured with Prof Renaud Dehousse, EUI president. Photograph: Maxwell’s

Rediscovering the fundamental EU value of “solidarity” will be key to the future of Europe, President Michael D Higgins told a conference in Florence (...)

Matteo Salvini, leader of Eurosceptic party League and Silvio Berlusconi, leader of the Forza Italia party: “We will evaluate the government that is created, supporting any measures that are useful for Italians,” tweeted Mr Berlusconi. Photograph: Giulio Napolitano/Bloomberg

The anti-establishment Five Star Movement and the far-right League have moved closer to forming a Eurosceptic government in Italy after Silvio Berlusc(...)

Matteo Renzi, then Democratic Party (PD) leader, waves during the party’s final rally, in Florence, ahead of the March 4th general election. Photograph:  Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Matteo Renzi had remained conspicuously silent in the immediate aftermath of the bruising election defeat that populist rivals inflicted on his centre(...)

Lower House speaker Roberto Fico leaves the Quirinal Palace after meeting President Sergio Mattarella for the first round of formal political consultations, in Rome, on Wednesday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement proposed a German-style governing contract with two of its rivals as formal talks aimed at seating a gov(...)

A mural in Rome depicting Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio  kissing League leader Matteo Salvini in the context of their striking a deal. Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

As Italy’s hung parliament gathered last week for the first time since the general election, a mural appeared in a Rome side street showing Luigi Di M(...)

 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(...)

Five Star Movement founder Beppe Grillo (L) speaks next to leader Luigi Di Maio during the finally rally ahead of the March 4th elections in downtown Rome. Photograph: Tony Gentile

After an election campaign dominated by immigration and economic uncertainty, Italy’s voters last night strongly backed the maverick populist Five Sta(...)

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