Italy's Northern League is often dismissed as a populist rabble of right-wing, xenophobic opportunists.
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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
National leaders need to be friends to deal with the euro crisis but sometimes carefully hidden emotions burst out. Peter Popham probes the real relationships at the top of the European family
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.
Chelsea are already planning for a future without goalkeeper Petr Cech, according to the 19-year-old Belgian keeper who believes he can one day replace him.
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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
Five qualifying play-offs against European opposition without success is the discouraging record, but this time the Republic of Ireland hope it will be different after back-to-back wins in the last qualifying round lifted them into the seeding positions for today's draw for the Euro 2012 qualifying play-offs.
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.