Luigi Di Maio, the brand new head of Italy's populist 5-Star Movement (M5S) and its prime ministerial candidate, said on Sunday (24 September) his party does not want to quit the European Union but change the rules.
Italy's centre-right parties were the big winners in mayoral elections on Sunday (25 June), partial results showed, in a vote likely to put pressure on the centre-left government ahead of national elections due in less than a year.
Italy's central bank warned today (31 May) that leaving the eurozone would not solve the country's economic problems, as two major parties campaign to drop the common currency before an election that may come as soon as this autumn.
The anti-establishment Five Star Movement, Italy's most popular political party, said yesterday (23 March) a referendum on the euro was not its top priority and that it hoped Europe would reform before a ballot could be arranged.
Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi called yesterday (13 February) for a leadership contest in his ruling Democratic Party, opening the way for a showdown with his many enemies in the PD ahead of approaching national elections.
The Liberals in the European Parliament have turned down a request from the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement to join their group, putting Italy's second-largest party in an awkward position as it had already left its former partners.
Italy's government said yesterday (5 January) it would try harder to combat Islamist radicalisation in its prisons and on the internet as it defended plans to build more detention centres for migrants who have no right to stay in the country.