Italy's pro-European old guard has been swept away. Now the far-Right La Lega party led by Matteo Salvini is repositioning itself in what is emerging as a serious bid to take power. Brussels, meanwhile, looks on in horror as any real world outcome to the horse trading is certain to yield a Eurosceptic government
To London-centric Britain, devolution of powers to regional mayors often seems like a no-brainer. In Italy, it's a little different. What, for example, if the local government’s policies are centred on 1950s Stalinist economics, the mayor a communist?
Germany has just overtaken Japan as having the lowest long-term fertility among the world's biggest powers. But it is Italy which has shown the biggest decline in recent years. There used to be children everywhere. Europe is in a demographic death spiral
Italy will not return to 2007 output levels until the mid-2020s. It is saddled with multiple problems. But being tied down and held on the rack of the Euro is its biggest obstacle to recovery. No-one has the courage to state the obvious. Easier to blame Brexit
Mafia supremo Vittoria Casamonica was buried in a manner that looked like something from the Godfather. In fact, it sounded like it too as, incredibly, the streets of Rome rang out to the theme music to Mario Puzo's famous movie. Only in Italy..
Italy's faith in the European project has been badly shaken by the Greek crisis. But the Eurozone's third largest economy is not about to quit. Italy is locked in a strange and contradictory romance with both Brussels and Berlin
Italy gets some things right. It's health system is better than the NHS. It sometimes shows some interesting ideas on immigration. And it has some quirky but successful ideas on treating the elderly well
Amid record debt figures, instability caused by the Greek crisis, an immigration nightmare, chaotic EU rules, and a staggering new corruption scandal in Rome, Italy's Prime Minister Renzi has his work cut out, but he's still the future
Italy is not the kind of country to get all politically correct. But the enormous migration issue from Africa, which the moronic PC political classes refuse to talk about (and the Roma PC-denial matter), is changing Europe, and there are vastly important matters at stake
Football is in the headlines for the wrong reasons after the racist behaviour of Chelsea fans in Paris. But you may have missed a rampage in Rome by Dutch fans which damaged a historic landmark. And guess what? The football authorities don't want to know
Michele Ferrero was one of Europe’s greatest post war businessmen. Whilst it may not be universally known in Britain, it would be impossible to underestimate the importance of Nutella in Italy, France, Germany and almost everywhere else. There's even a World Nutella Day