Italy

Forty years ago this month, Jean Monnet, arguably the EU's most important 'founding father,' died aged 90 at home in Houjarray, 43 miles west of Paris.

PATRICK SAWER looks back at an overlooked chapter in Anglo-Italian relations, when the hero of the Risorgimento caused a sensation among admiring Britons.

An friend's experience of the American healthcare system showed BONNIE GREER the horror of a US-style NHS.

The Italian government combines the far-right League and the anti-establishment Five Star Movement. Recent regional elections show exactly which of these strange bedfellows is benefitting from the arrangement. Davide Vampa reports.

From Brexit, to Putin, to Trump, to China, Germany faces as many global challenges as anyone, says John Kampfner. Yet it seems more steadfast than most in dealing with them.

Forget Pele - the man who really put football on the map in New York was an Italian with a Swansea accent who had an ego as big as his talent. RICHARD LUCK reports

Activist MAURICE STIERL reports on how he helped organise the recent rescue of a group of migrants at sea.

As Sergio Parisse takes part in perhaps his last Six Nations, RICHARD LUCK pays tribute to a sporting great who found himself in a team of also-rans, and wonders what might have been.

The UK government is barrelling down the Brexit motorway while ignoring the no-deal shaped brick wall in front of it, writes MICHAEL WHITE.

American reluctance to fulfil its previous international role is leaving the global stage open to dark forces, says PAUL KNOTT.

MICHAEL WHITE on May's mission impossible as Tory unit trumps all again.

This week marks the 80th anniversary of the mysterious death of the sublimely-talented footballer Matthias Sindelar. CHARLIE CONNELLY revisits the tragic story of a true Austrian hero

MICHAEL WHITE says the most likely next steps will involve an extension of Article 50.

As things begin to fall apart Bonnie Greer looks back at the late great writers who will define the next 12 months.

As other avenues are closed off to them, JOE WALLEN meets the desperate migrants in northern France willing to risk the perils of a Channel crossing in small craft.

The castrato singer Farinelli was the undoubted superstar of an era in which musical advances were made not just with compositions, but instruments too. SOPHIA DEBOICK reports

It was nothing more than a footnote, buried in the results of the Uefa Europa League second qualifying round, second leg, but it leaped out for those who remembered the days of glory: Progrès Niederkorn 2, Budapest Honved 0 (Niederkorn win 2-1 on aggregate).

Ray Kershaw travels to a city which has been through many reincarnations over the centuries, but none so dramatic or violent as its most recent

Michael White says the home secretary's overreaction to the migrant drama at Dover was too tempting for a vote-hungry politician to resist

At the end of a momentous year, JOHN KAMPFNER surveys the febrile European political scene and finds embattled leaders, emboldened populists and a looming election in which everything could be up for grabs.

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CHARLIE CONNELLY reflects on the work of iconic Russian painter Wassily Kandinsky.

Anti-Brexit campaigner David Lammy delivered one of the best speeches in the first day of the Brexit debate in the Commons.

Brexit is only one chapter in the story of Britain's retreat from influence, says JOHN KAMPFNER. We now face a marathon journey back to our rightful place

Winning the right to repeal Article 50 could bring its own problems, says JAMES BALL

Italy's dire economic situation has reached a critical moment, says PAUL KNOTT. And it presents the EU with a great opportunity.

While we drown in the chaos of our domestic ineptitude, let's not let the European Union off the hook.

Michael White on a week which brought both a people's vote and a no-deal Brexit closer.

The United Kingdom is already falling behind Europe economically and it is going to get a lot worse, according to new forecasts.

A dominant, if unconventional, Irving Berlin was confounding the critics, as music took its first tentative steps towards 'pop'. SOPHIA DEBOICK reports

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