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Italian president Sergio Mattarella with prime minister Giuseppe Conte  during their meeting at the Quirinal Palace in Rome on Thursday. Photograph: Paolo Giandotti/EPA

Italy’s president asked Giuseppe Conte to head a coalition of the Five Star Movement and opposition Democratic Party (PD) on Thursday, a move could th(...)

A protester depicting British prime minister Boris Johnson demonstrates at a protest outside Downing Street in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Renewed fears of a hard Brexit hit some Irish and many British stocks, while US investors remained wary as the country’s trade war with China dragged (...)

Nicola Zingaretti, leader of the Democratic Party,  arrives for a news conference following a meeting with Italian president Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinale Palace in Rome. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italy’s Five Star Movement and the opposition Democratic Party (PD) said on Wednesday they would try to form a coalition, setting aside years of hosti(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister and leader of the Five Star Movement,  Luigi Di Maio, speaks to reporters in Rome on Monday. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump weighed into Italy’s political crisis on Tuesday, saying he hoped Giuseppe Conte would be reinstated as prime minister, as t(...)

Nicola Zingaretti said a ‘turning-point’ government was needed marking a clear break from the policies of the previous government. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

The leader of Italy’s centre-left Democratic party (PD) is under pressure to relent to demands for Giuseppe Conte to lead a PD-Five Star Movement coal(...)

Italian president Sergio Mattarella, left, meets League leader Matteo Salvini in Rome. Photograph: Paolo Giandotti/Presidential Palace/Handout via Reuters

The leader of Italy’s anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) has said he is striving for “a solid majority” with the centre-left Democratic Party(...)

Italian president Sergio Mattarella (left) with prime minister Giuseppe Conte at the Quirinale Palace in Rome on Tuesday night. Photograph: Paolo Giandotti/EPA

Italy’s main opposition party said on Wednesday it was ready to hold talks with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement over forming a government fo(...)

 Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte,   flanked by peputy prime ministers Matteo Salvini (left) and Luigi Di Maio,  addresses the Senate in Rome on Tuesday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Italy’s prime minister accused his interior minister, right-wing politician Matteo Salvini, on Tuesday of trying to drag down the ruling coalition fo(...)

 Tom Van Grieken, president of the far-right Flemish separatist party Vlaams Belang, leaves after a meeting with Belgium’s King Philippe at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw – RC1323AA10E0/Reuters

Belgium’s King Philippe has started the rounds again, party by party, to broker what will inevitably be a most peculiar new governing coalition. If ev(...)

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: “I think the news of the death of Europe at the hand of populism has been greatly exaggerated.”  Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti

Matteo Renzi’s office, in a 16th-century Roman palazzo opposite Italy’s senate, is incongruously decorated with mementos of his time as a jet-setting (...)

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