Italy looks set to get another stop-gap prime minister with the centre-left failing to get the backing of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement (M5S) to form a government.
Italy’s would-be Prime Minister has said that “only a mentally ill person” would want the job right now, as the eurozone’s third biggest democracy continues to tie itself in knots.
The head of the protest movement that stunned Italy’s political establishment by snatching a quarter of the vote in last month’s general election has spelt out his Eurosceptic credentials, with comments that will send shivers up the spine of other eurozone members.
A population fed up with corrupt and self-serving politics produced this astonishing result, and the parallels with our national situation are clear
Karima El Mahroug was due to testify on today but did not provide any valid justification for her absence
Italy and Europe were tonight bracing themselves for a general election and the real possibility that the scandal-plagued billionaire Silvio Berlusconi could become prime minister for a fourth time.
Former bastion of homophobia has overtaken north on equality, says Milanese newspaper
The former President became a figure of ridicule and spawned a thousand other crooks
Oscar Luigi Scalfaro was a Catholic politician whose anachronistic virtues, in particular his complete honesty and his commitment to the constitution, came to Italy's rescue during the gravest political crisis of the post-war era, the corruption scandal which erupted in 1993.
The German chancellor Angela Merkel pressed for the removal of the former premier Silvio Berlusconi “in order to save the Euro”, according to a report that has caused a political storm in Italy.
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Italy will today embark on a controversial 18-month gamble to turn around its finances and rescue the euro by handing over control to an administration of entirely unelected technocrats with strong links to Brussels and international finance.
A group of Italian senators is pressing for a decades-old ban on Benito Mussolini's Fascist party to be lifted in a move that has provoked fierce condemnation from political opponents and Jewish leaders.
Riot police clashed with protesters last night in Rome's worst violence for years after Italy's tainted Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi narrowly won a confidence vote that saved his government from collapse.
Premier hopes late surge will beat vital no-confidence motion
Establishment tries to rehabilitate memory of Berlusconi's disgraced mentor