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Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni: said Italy was “back on track” after the worst economic crisis in the postwar period. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella on Thursday dissolved parliament ahead of an election which is expected to produce a period of instability in the (...)

Beppe Grillo (centre), co-founder of the Five Star Movement, at a rally in Aci Trezza on Sicily, on October 28th. Photograph:  Gianni Cipriano/The New York Times

For Italian politicians, it’s high season in Sicily. Days before the island votes in regional elections on Sunday, the country’s ambitious and warring(...)

5-Star Movement founder Beppe Grillo  addresses the party’s congress last month in Rimini. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s traditional political parties have pledged to back a new electoral law this week that is seen penalising the anti-establishment 5-Star Movemen(...)

Marine Le Pen, France’s presidential candidate: seems to favour euro exit, but wants to delay the decision for a while, and put the whole thing to a referendum.

Imagine a new year’s resolution list that reads as follows: first, give up chocolate; second, get divorced. You would rightly say this is absurd. If y(...)

Beppe Grillo: The  leader of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement has not enjoyed a trouble-free start to 2017. Photograph: Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images

The year has not got off to a flying start for Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S). In the space of just two days last week, the M5S (...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: his Democratic Party  performed badly in most of the major cities. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi on Monday tried to put a brave face on his party’s disappointing local election results on Sunday. As was widely(...)

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: The measure in question would exempt those convicted of tax crimes from punishment if the amount defrauded was less than 3 per cent of their total taxable income. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

The coalition Italian government of Matteo Renzi was forced into an embarrassing retreat yesterday after it emerged that one article in recently propo(...)

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