The former deputy prime minister has been outmanouevered by his government partners –but he thrives in opposition.
The numbers are not with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson or US President Donald Trump on the homefront right now.
US President Donald Trump is in an unenviable position as the race towards the 2020 presidential election heats up. Meanwhile, the UK's attempts to Brexit continue to be untidy.
Conte: free to spread on to two chairs now.
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The fragile coalition between the League and Five Star Movement has fallen to pieces – and Giuseppe Conte is the last man standing.
One half of the government has trounced the other in Abruzzo and Sardinia.
Salvini has avoided a trial thanks to a vote by the M5S.
Italy's deputy prime minister remains immune from prosecution because his coalition partners, the Five Star Movement, let members vote online to uphold it.
Italian policemen examined the charred car of Judge Paolo Borsellino, a day after a bomb attack killed him and his security detail in Palermo, July 20, 1992.
Italy saw 1,191 attacks on politicians from 2013 to 2015. A new study reveals, for the first time, the destructive effect this strategic political violence has on the nation's political life.
In government with the Five Star Movement, the radical politician's Lega is going from strength to strength.
Seven world leaders with axes to grind are preparing to sit round one table. Sparks will fly.
Five Star Movement leader Luigi di Maio brandishes an Italian flag at a rally in Naples.
Italy's economy is verging on bankrupt and its election results have dealt a hammer blow to the prospects of fixing things. The best option, financially at least, may be to put someone else at the helm.
Matteo Salvini: the League has left its roots.
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The history of north Italian regionalism, and why Matteo Salvini's League represents the end of a long era.
Carlo Cottarelli: Italy’s prime minister. But for how long?
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What's caused Italy's political crisis and what's likely to happen next.
Prime minister designate Giuseppe Conte addresses the media.
Law professor Giuseppe Conte has no experience in politics – which makes him the perfect candidate for the uncomfortable partnership now in government.
The Five Star Movement’s Luigi Di Maio and founder Beppe Grillo won big in the March 4 elections.
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Italy has stagnated for more than two decades, yet its politicians seem hardly aware of the source of the problem, let alone how to fix it.
Berlusconi: can’t move his face enough to say ‘goodbye’.
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He's barred from public office but this former prime minister isn't going to be held back by the small matter of a conviction for tax evasion.
Aftermath of an attempted massacre.
A recent attack on migrants came ahead of Italian elections in March where migration is a key campaign issue.
Actor Asia Argento arrives at the 2017 Cannes film festival.
A brutal backlash against a Harvey Weinstein accuser has helped galvanise the feminist movement.
A mock-up funeral poster lists Riina’s victims.
The former 'boss of all bosses' has died aged 87 while serving 26 life sentences.
With corruption scandals dogging practically every party, it's difficult to see how the electorate can have faith in their representatives. And yet, they keep voting for them.
The former PM has resigned as leader of his party in the hope of returning to the top job. But it hasn't quite gone to plan.
Not exactly Mr Popular: Paolo Gentiloni.
Paolo Gentiloni's government is barely distinct from his predecessor's, and its mandate is desperately thin.