Italy to get M5S-Lega government

Mattarella appoints Giuseppe Conte as prime minister and approves new list of ministers. President Sergio Mattarella has appointed law professor and political novice Giuseppe Conte to head up a coali...

M5S, Lega make progress in government-formation talks

The populist Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) and right-wing Lega agree a government ‘contract’, but who will head the new executive remains unclear. The populist Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) and rig...

President Mattarella proposes neutral government or new elections

M5s and Lega reject Mattarella proposal, PD gives support Italy must either give itself a ‘neutral’ government with cross-party support that will hold office until the end of the year pending new ele...

Chamber of deputies speaker Fico to explore possible M5S-PD alliance

New exploratory government formation mandate after talks with Lega fail Chamber of deputies speaker Roberto Fico of the anti-establishment Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) has been asked to explore th...

Italian senate speaker Casellati to explore government possibilities

Casellati must “verify existence of majority between centre-right and M5S” Senate speaker Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati of Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party has been asked to see if she can...

Italy's new parliament elects speakers

Roberto Fico of M5S elected in the chamber of deputies, Maria Elisabetta Alberti Casellati of Forza Italia in the senate. Roberto Fico of the anti-establishment Movimento Cinque Stelle (M5S) and Ma...

Italy votes anti-establishment

Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini the new forces in Italian politics. Although counting is still underway it is now clear that the Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S) and the Lega are the two main winners of Ita...

Tight security in Rome for anti-fascist rally on 24 February

Four rallies taking place in Rome amid rising political tensions. Rome police chiefs have drawn up a security plan to deal with four separate demonstrations scheduled in the capital on Saturday 24 Fe...

Erdogan to visit Rome and Vatican

Tight security and street closures in Rome for visit of Turkish leader.Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will pay an official two-day visit to Rome on 4-5 February, during which time he will meet...

Callista Gingrich is US ambassador-designate to Vatican

US senate confirms Trump's nomination for the Holy See.Callista Gingrich is the new US ambassador-designate to the Holy See following the US senate's 70-23 approval of her 19 May nomination by Preside...

US ambassador-designate arrives in Rome

 Trump nominee Lewis Eisenberg to represent US in Italy and San Marino. Lewis Eisenberg, the new United States ambassador-designate to Italy, arrived in Rome on 1 October and is expected to present...

Rome mayor could face trial

Rome prosecutors drop abuse of office accusation against mayor.Prosecutors have requested that Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi, of the anti-establishment Movimento 5 Stelle (M5S), be indicted for alleged...

Controversy over planned far-right march in Rome

Raggi opposes Forza Nuova plan to commemorate Mussolini march.A planned demonstration in central Rome by far-right political party Forza Nuova (FN) faces opposition from the city's mayor Virginia Ragg...

Rome mayor appoints fourth budget councillor in a year

Opposition claim surprise move proves Raggi's "negative record" in office. Rome's mayor Virginia Raggi has appointed Gianni Lemmetti as new budget councillor for the capital, the fourth person in a y...

Local election run-offs award victory to centre right

Results a blow to PD secretary Renzi as he struggles to reunite party. The centre right scored a clear victory in local election run-offs across Italy on 25 June, taking almost all of the 22 region...

Rome mayor risks trial over city appointments

Raggi vows to continue even if indicted. Rome mayor Virginia Raggi risks prosecution on charges of abuse of office and for making false public statements, following the conclusion of a six-month in...

M5S perform poorly in local elections

Three out of four regional capitals go to run-off as centre-right and centre-left coalitions return to the fore. Local elections in Italy on 11 June saw a poor performance by the populist Movimento...

Rome prepares for Trump visit

High security and protests as Trump arrives in Rome. Rome is employing tight security measures ahead of the visit by US president Donald Trump who will land in Fiumicino airport at 18.30 on Tuesday...

Return of Renzi

Matteo Renzi regains leadership of Partito Democratico (PD). Matteo Renzi has regained the leadership of Italy’s ruling Partito Democratico (PD), securing 70 per cent of the votes in a primary elec...

High security in Rome for EU summit

Rome braces for potentially violent protests as EU leaders arrive in capital. Security is tight in Rome in the days leading up to the extraordinary European Council summit on 25 March when European...

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