Luigi Di Maio

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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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio said he would “find the bad apples and throw them out”. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters

Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement has been rattled by allegations that some of its politicians failed to abide by a pledge to direct half (...)

Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister and founder of Forza Italia, on an Italian TV show in  January. Photograph: Getty Images

With his perfectly dyed dark hair and his ivory-white teeth glistening in the lights of the television studio, Silvio Berlusconi – the octogenarian co(...)

Forza Italia party leader and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: clearly running the party’s show. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

The tide of populist and Eurosceptical politics that has swept Europe over the last couple of years does not appear to be ebbing. The electoral succe(...)

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