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.
A supporter of the Pirate Party in Reykjavik, Iceland.
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While the US is reeling from rampant fake online news, political movements in Europe are using the internet as a powerful democratic symbol to win elections. Will cyber-optimism or pessimism win?
Italy faces uncertain times ahead.
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Markets haven't panicked as they did with Brexit and Trump, but Italy faces serious economic issues in the near future.
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This was a vote against the prime minister – not a show of support for his rivals.
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A populist movement led by a comedian has come from nowhere to make life very difficult for the establishment.
Donald Trump eats dinner with Mitt Romney (right) and Reince Priebus.
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Two Italian scholars who fled fascism in the 1920s urgently warned that American democracy was vulnerable to the same gradual erosion as in Italy. Their message still rings true today.
The PM came to power as the anti-establishment candidate. Now he could be the next victim of populist ire.