G7 foreign ministers refrain from taking concrete action against China

Group condemns human rights abuses but individual countries are left free to decide what action to take Foreign ministers from the G7 group of wealthy countries have refrained from spelling out any concrete steps to confront China, amid concern among some members – especially Italy and Germany – over reprisals if their language was too […]

Melting ice reveals first world war relics in Italian Alps

Accelerating retreat of glaciers in Lombardy and Trentino Alto-Aldige reveals preserved history of ‘White War’ The soldiers dug the wooden barracks into a cave on the top of Mount Scorluzzo, a 3,095-metre (10,154ft) peak overlooking the Stelvio pass. For the next three-and-a-half years, the cramped, humid space was home to about 20 men from the […]

State broadcaster in Italy under fire after ‘censoring’ rapper

Rai faces calls to apologise to Fedez over alleged attempt to silence his condemnation of homophobia The Italian state broadcaster, Rai, is under pressure to clarify accusations that it attempted to censor a rapper’s condemnation of homophobia. Fedez blasted politicians with the far-right League party, who are blocking a parliamentary vote on an anti-homophobia law, […]

Silvio Berlusconi leaves hospital after 24 days medical supervision

Italy’s former prime minister, who left hospital on Friday, was allegedly admitted due to long-term effects of Covid Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi left hospital on Friday after spending 24 days under medical supervision due to alleged long-term effects of Covid-19. Berlusconi, who is 84, was seriously ill with Covid-19 last year, an experience […]

Jhumpa Lahiri: ‘I’ve always existed in a kind of linguistic exile’

A decade ago, the Pulitzer-winning author threw herself into mastering Italian. She talks about her love for Rome, translating Italy’s ‘finest living writer’ and rewriting her own work in English Jhumpa Lahiri’s third novel is the triumphant culmination of her 20-year love affair with Italian, an obsession that led her to move to Rome with […]

Europe pins hopes on vaccine campaigns as Covid curbs relaxed

Leaders across continent look to gathering pace of vaccinations as key to easing restrictions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage European leaders are lifting restrictions across a lockdown-weary bloc as they take what Italy’s prime minister, Mario Draghi, has admitted is a “calculated risk” that accelerating vaccination campaigns will keep stubbornly high […]

Like ‘Italy’s Robinson Crusoe’, many of us crave the idea of aloneness – even after lockdown

Mauro Morandi had to leave his solitary island life. Having been cooped up with others for months, it could be appealing It was poignant to read of 81-year-old Mauro Morandi’s decision to leave Budelli, the island off Sardinia that had been his home for more than 30 years, following threats of eviction. He had been […]

UK accused of stranding vulnerable refugees after Brexit

Exclusive: Torture survivors and lone children stuck in Greece and Italy after Home Office ‘deliberately’ ends cooperation on family reunions The Home Office has been accused of failing to reunite vulnerable refugees who have the right to join family in the UK under EU law, leaving lone children and torture survivors stranded. The government faced […]

Covid live: Italy announces €222bn package; Modi says ‘storm’ has shaken India

Italy’s package to help business and those hit the hardest by unemployment; US and UK lead efforts to help India’s crisis The world must act: India’s Covid crisis is a dire problem for us all Italy to relax Covid restrictions as Draghi hopes ‘gamble’ pays off UK mental health patients ‘missed out on care’ during […]

Italy to relax Covid restrictions as Draghi hopes ‘gamble’ pays off

Prime minister under pressure within coalition to lift lockdown measures but death toll remains high Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Italy will begin easing its coronavirus lockdown on Monday in what is considered to be Mario Draghi’s first significant gamble since taking office as prime minister in February. More than half […]

Coronavirus live news: Italy to relax restrictions; Latvia offers mass jabs to clear AstraZeneca backlog

Italian restrictions to ease in many areas from 26 April; Latvia offers vaccinations following hesitancy in older population Brazil health minister asks women ‘to delay pregnancy’ Germany removes UK from risk list Spreading faster, hitting harder: why young Brazilians are dying of Covid Australia records first death from blood clots likely linked to AstraZeneca vaccine […]

Italian prosecutors secretly recorded human rights lawyers

Exclusive: hundreds of conversations with clients were wiretapped in cases relating to migrant rescue boats Prosecutors in Italy have secretly recorded hundreds of conversations between human rights lawyers and their clients in cases related to allegations that NGOs operating rescue boats that saved thousands from drowning in the Mediterranean were complicit in people smuggling. In […]

Spain, Belgium and Italy restrict AstraZeneca Covid vaccine to older people

EU is struggling to agree a common approach, seen as vital to boost public confidence Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Italy, Spain and Belgium have joined other European countries in limiting the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to older age groups as the EU struggles to agree common guidelines to counter […]

Snared: catching poachers to save Italy’s songbirds

With five million birds a year illegally caught in Italy, activists in Brescia are teaming up with local police to trap the hunters After two hours of scouring the mountains of Brescia, Stefania Travaglia finally finds what she is looking for. Among the remote farmhouses of an alpine hamlet, a spring-net trap is partially hidden […]

Cher taught me to stand my ground during love, loss and grief | The fandom that made me

Ever since I heard Believe, the camp icon has soundtracked my strongest friendships and my lowest depths of despair During a frigid November night in 2018, I dragged myself from my toasty Brooklyn apartment to to see a new Broadway musical called The Cher Show. In a tribute to the many lives Cher has lived, […]

‘Momentous error’: Italian businessman mistakenly blacklisted by Trump to sue

Alessandro Bazzoni’s bank account was closed after he faced sanctions in a case of mistaken identity A small business owner in Italy is preparing to sue the US Treasury after accidentally being put on a sanctions blacklist before Donald Trump left the presidency. Alessandro Bazzoni, who owns a graphic design company in Sardinia, has been […]

Italy ends censorship of films on moral and religious grounds

Filmmakers will instead classify their own movies based on the age of the audience Born in 1914 at the dawn of cinema, Italy’s censorship law felled some giants of the silver screen – including Last Tango in Paris – but now faces its own curtain call. “Film censorship has been abolished,” announced culture minister Dario […]

Far right puts brakes on a new law that aims to stamp out homophobia in Italy

Attacks on gay people continue unchecked as activists step up their 25-year battle to win LGBT rights Daniela Lourdes Falanga has had her fair share of battles. The first was to survive a brutal upbringing as the firstborn son of a mafia boss in Naples. Falanga, 43, had been expected to follow in the footsteps […]

Back in black: Spanish region summons Goya home to stem decline

Area around Fuendetodos will recreate artists’ Black Paintings venue as it marks his 275th birthday Two hundred years after he covered the walls of his house near Madrid with febrile visions of Saturn devouring his son, a witches’ sabbath and a slowly drowning dog, Francisco de Goya has been summoned home to help reverse the […]

Seeing stones: pandemic reveals Palantir’s troubling reach in Europe

Covid has given Peter Thiel’s secretive US tech company new opportunities to operate in Europe in ways some campaigners find worrying The 24 March, 2020 will be remembered by some for the news that Prince Charles tested positive for Covid and was isolating in Scotland. In Athens it was memorable as the day the traffic […]

Three men held in Italy over fake Syria kidnapping that turned real

Three Italians arrested for masterminding plan that saw two businessmen held captive by jihadist group for three years Three Italian men have been arrested for masterminding the kidnapping of two businessmen who were held captive in Syria for three years. Over the course of 2016, the three who were arrested – all from the northern […]

How we met: ‘I fancied her, but she was jabbing a needle into my ribs’

Sandie Tweedie, 35, and Noemi Sorrentino, 31, met in a tattoo studio in 2012. They live together in Edinburgh with their two sons For many people, getting a tattoo is a nerve-racking and painful experience. But when Sandie Tweedie visited an Edinburgh studio in 2012, he found an exciting distraction from the buzz of the […]

Cruise ships to be kept away from St Mark’s Square in Venice

Italian government announces ‘temporary’ move to force ships to dock at industrial port instead Cruise ships will no longer sail past St Mark’s Square in Venice and will be made to dock at the lagoon city’s industrial port, the Italian government has said. The ministers for infrastructure, culture, tourism and the environment jointly took the […]

Why a fresh AstraZeneca fightback is required in Covid vaccine info row | Nils Pratley

Drugmaker isn’t entirely blameless but making it a political football for EU’s failures is simply ugly The European Union ought to be delighted. The “discovery” of a “stockpile” of 29m vaccine doses in Italy is really a non-discovery. The consignment is held at an authorised plant, available for inspection, and is merely awaiting quality signoff. […]

Hancock: no plans to put all European countries on travel ‘red list’

Health secretary also says there are no changes to England’s timings for resuming international travel Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage There are no plans to put all European countries on the travel “red list” as a third wave of cases grows in countries such as Germany, France and Italy, the health […]

EU’s southern states step up calls for ‘solidarity’ in managing mass migration

Greece, Italy, Spain, Cyprus and Malta say burden has to be shared more justly with other EU partners Europe’s southern states have stepped up calls for solidarity in managing mass migration to the bloc saying the burden has to be shared more justly with other EU partners. Highlighting the deep divisions over the issue, politicians […]

‘Women-only’ housework questions on Italian Covid form spark ridicule

Health authority in Lombardy withdraws questionnaire for patients after sexism complaints Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage A health authority in Italy’s Lombardy region has come under fire after distributing a questionnaire to recovering Covid-19 patients that included questions about cooking and housekeeping aimed solely at women. The questionnaire, issued by the […]

Have you seen a change in attitude to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine?

We’d like to speak to people involved in the vaccine rollout across the UK and EU about whether they have seen a loss of confidence in the AstraZeneca vaccine as a result of temporary European suspensions The rollout of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine has been suspended in a several countries including Germany, Italy and France, […]

Chaos in Germany and Italy after suspension of Oxford vaccine

Decision has led to vaccination centres closing doors and appointments being cancelled Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage There has been chaos and confusion in Germany and Italy after their decisions to suspend use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, with vaccination centres closing their doors and appointments being abruptly cancelled. The countries […]