Italy's Northern League is often dismissed as a populist rabble of right-wing, xenophobic opportunists.
Authorities say at least six people have died in flash floods as torrential rains lashed Italy from the Alps to Sicily.
Whether you're mourning the summer we never had – or want to escape the big chill ahead – Chris Leadbeater has the hottest spots for winter holidays
As a child, Wendy Salisbury was seduced by the excitement of the Costa Brava. As a teenager, she fell for a star bullfighter. Here, she explains her lifelong romance with all things Español
How well the tax system works is probably as good an indication as any to a nation's stability and strength.
Now there's a way to take on dodgy developers, cartel lawyers and disappearing deposits, writes Richard Way
Back in Johannesburg last year it became so vital for football that Spain won the World Cup.
Basque separatists choose to end armed struggle following high-profile global peace conference
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Tom Lewis always maintained it was his intention "to do a Rory", but in winning the Portugal Masters in stunning fashion yesterday, the young Englishman "eclipsed" anything Master McIlroy managed.
Bullfighting might have been banned in Barcelona, but it is still part of life in Lisbon. Adrian Mourby stayed at a hotel where guests are invited to meet the men behind this controversial spectacle
As the crowds dwindle, the capital of this holiday island grows in appeal, offering an enticing blend of ancient streets and modern art.
Fabio Capello has warned Wayne Rooney that there is no guarantee he will automatically come back into the England team after his ban at Euro 2012, and said the Manchester United striker will not start in friendlies in the build-up to the tournament.
Britain’s Ian Williams goes to the World Match Race Tour showdown in Malaysia next month with a slender lead over Italian rival Francesco Bruni.
The assembled team have "the right combination of youth and experience" we were told on Friday as the powers that be looked ahead to a brighter 2012 following demoralising defeat last summer. But Ed Miliband's new shadow cabinet has yet to be tested. The England football team, whose captain, John Terry, used almost exactly the same expression a few hours after the Labour leader, have already faced a battle or three and emerged with distinctly mixed results.
Champoluc and Gressoney in north-west Italy are nestled in one of the best areas for high-altitude and off-piste skiing in the whole country - and The Independent is offering you the chance to win a seven-night holiday there for you to taste the slopes yourself.