A recap of nearly 15 months of drama in Italian politics, after Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte was handed a mandate to form a new government last week
Matteo Salvini, who has plunged Italy into turmoil by pulling out of the coalition government, could eventually take the country out of the EU, a former prime minister has warned
With an intake that includes youthful idealists, weathered political survivors and former fascists, the European Parliament looks set to play host to a colourful array of lawmakers.
Italy's deputy premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has invited European nationalist and far-right parties to a rally in Milan before the European Parliament elections, to discuss a potential alliance.
European voters go to the polls from May 23-26 to choose a new parliament with many fearing that eurosceptics and populist will deal a new blow to the EU.