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Pierre Mauroy

Pierre Mauroy, who has died aged 84, was France’s first socialist prime minister under the Fifth Republic introduced by Charles de Gaulle. When Franço(...)

Italian prime minister-designate and deputy leader of the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) Enrico Letta arrives to speak with reporters at the Quirinale Palace. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Italy’s two month long political stalemate appears to have finally ended following the announcement this evening that Democratic Party (PD) No (...)

 Members of the Italian parliament in Rome vote yesterday for a successor to Giorgio Napolitano. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Italy took a major step towards resolving the political stalemate that has blocked political life since the February general election when it r(...)

The lower house of the parliament is seen during the presidential election yesterday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Impossible though it may seem, Italy’s political landscape was looking even more confused last nigh(...)

Comic-turned-politician and leader of the 5-Star Movement Beppe Grillo. (AP Photo/Mauro Scrobogna, Lapresse)

Ex-comedian Beppe Grillo represents at one and the same time the best and the worst of Italian democracy. At first glance, his 5-Star Movement (...)

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano leaves after a media conference at the Quirinale palace in Rome. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Five weeks after last month’s inconclusive general election, Italy seems no closer to resolving its ongoing government crisis. In what looks li(...)

Staff members fix the microphone before Laura Boldrini from the centre-left gives a speech after the vote electing her as the new lower house president at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome. Photograph: Reuters

Italy continues to run the risk of a second general election in five months following the opening of parliament at the (...)

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