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.
Sergio Mattarella (right) and his prime minister designate, Carlo Cottarelli.
If you thought the risk of Grexit was bad, you've got a shock coming in the shape of Italy.
Polls indicate a swing back in favour of the Andrews government in the lead-up to the November state election.
The polls seem to be swinging back in favour of the Andrews Labor government in Victoria, while in New South Wales it's neck-and-neck.
Voters are set to be disappointed.
Both the Northern League party and Five Star Movement have a very expensive shopping list for extra spending, with little detail on how to fund these policies.
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.
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The Five Star Movement is the biggest party, but forming a government is going to be difficult. Will a right-wing coalition prevail?
Silvio Berlusconi, left, arrives to vote as a bare-breasted woman protests in background.
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Together, two parties with a tough stance on immigration and the EU – the Five Star Movement and the League – received nearly 50 percent of the vote.
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.
On the stated figures, the Will Hodgman-led Tasmanian Liberals are most likely to win 13 or 14 seats out of 25.
The Liberals should win a majority at Saturday's Tasmanian state election.
Italy's political future hangs in the balance – will it see another chaotic grand coalition, or take an anti-EU populist step into the unknown?