Standoffs at sea represent yet another attempt by EU officials to obstruct the movement of migrants by producing further bureaucratic blockades to mobility.
Authorities in Italy would sooner turn ships carrying migrants back to strife-torn countries like Libya rather than allow them to seek asylum. It's amounting to repeated Voyages of the Damned.
Carola Rackete, captain of an NGO search and rescue ship, was arrested by Italian authorities when landing in Italy. She isn't the first to be criminalised for trying to save people at sea.
Nationalism seems to be on the rise in Europe, with many parties hostile to immigration. But what role does immigration itself have their support? Research shows some unexpected impacts.
The League is rapidly losing support and its leader, Matteo Salvini, may take drastic action.
Who gets a vote and what are they voting for? Everything you need to know.
Demolition of migrant camps and changes to rules concerning who can access support has left many migrants in Italy on the streets.
One half of the government has trounced the other in Abruzzo and Sardinia.
Italy's deputy prime minister remains immune from prosecution because his coalition partners, the Five Star Movement, let members vote online to uphold it.
When two founding partners of the European Union are at loggerheads, something is very wrong.
In acts of civil disobedience, some centre-left mayors and regional authorities are resisting a government-level clampdown on asylum seekers.
It's a slippery concept but academics have reached agreement on some of its fundamental elements.
How can a hashtag supportive of refugees be hijacked by those opposing them? An empirical study explores the process.
The proudly illiberal leader is forging new alliances ahead of European elections next year.
In government with the Five Star Movement, the radical politician's Lega is going from strength to strength.
The history of north Italian regionalism, and why Matteo Salvini's League represents the end of a long era.
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 is the biggest party, but forming a government is going to be difficult. Will a right-wing coalition prevail?