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Activists from the movement ‘Housing Rights’ demonstrate in Rome for better housing conditions

The fall of Rome? Mayor claims cash-strapped city will shut down unless it is bailed out

The Eternal City is eternally in debt, and has to be bailed out by the government – just as it has done every year since 2008. Can a new mayor and new Italian president change entrenched attitudes?

Postcard from... Milan

Italy still has major problems dealing with racism in football. So you can imagine how unreconstructed its fans are regarding sexuality.

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won a confidence vote in the lower chamber on Tuesday, but his support there was a given; he has to convince sceptical senators and the country at large

A triumph of style over substance? Italy’s new PM, Matteo Renzi, pledges €100m in tax cuts and more generous unemployment benefits, but can he can deliver?

Mr Renzi also promised the repayment of billions of state arrears owed to private suppliers, but did not clarify how he would fund these plans

Matteo Renzi must tackle a weak economy as premier

Charity begins at home for recession-stricken Italians

Charity Auitare i bambini allows Italians to 'adopt' children to make sure they have enough to eat

A picture from La Mafia’s marketing campaign

Leave the gun, take the cannoli... Spain's 'La Mafia' restaurant chain mobbed by diners despite complaints from Italy

A popular group of Mafia-themed eateries in Spain has led to protests from its Italian neighbours

Matteo Renzi has a mountain to climb if he is to sort out the country’s crippling problems

Italy’s ‘Tony Blair’: Can Premier-in-waiting Matteo Renzi deliver on his youthful promise?

He will need all of his much-vaunted energy and political skills to stop Italy looking like the basket case of the major Western economies

Italy's former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi speaks during a press conference

Silvio Berlusconi's back... to broker voting reform: Italy's new PM Matteo Renzi to do a deal with his predecessor

Mr Renzi is making electoral reform his priority – but his first job will be to meet his political enemies head on

Death becomes her: Sicilian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia has spent her career covering the grim results of southern Italy's Mafia wars

Battaglia's images of the Cosa Nostra have defined Italy's struggle with mobster violence. As the first major UK exhibition of her work opens, she explains how her images are more relevant than ever

Enrico Letta at the Winter Games in Sochi, where he says he will press the authorities on human rights

Winter Olympics 2014: Gay Russian's asylum call leaves Italy's premier red faced in Sochi

As other Western premiers boycott the Games in protest at Russia's treatment of gays, Italy keeps an eye on business

Vatican ‘kept code of silence’ on paedophile priests, claims UN report

Children’s rights experts have lambasted the church for allowing clerical abuse to go on unchecked for decades

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