Italy's rival parties had to put their differences aside in order to choose leaders of both houses of parliament
"I'm happy for Matteo Salvini and the League," the 81-year-old former prime minister said in a video message.
"They do not wish the EU to continue in this way of a federal Europe or united states of Europe," says one Conservative MEP.
As a result of Italy's inconclusive election the leaders of rival parties now have to envisage working together or face another ballot
His party’s triumph in Italy’s general election has propelled Matteo Salvini into the spotlight. But who is the man who has stepped out from Silvio Berlusconi’s considerable political shadow?
The rise of populist and eurosceptic parties is set to cause ripples in the Eurozone
Berlusconi's out but Italy's right has a new hero.
The anti-establishment movement emerged as the biggest single party after Sunday's poll
Matteo Salvini, leader of the right-wing and anti-immigration Lega Party, vowed to remain populist after making big gains in the Italian election
A Femen activist interrupted voting at Silvio Berlusconi's polling station in Milan on Sunday (March 4) as he waited to vote.
Whatever the outcome, Italy's general election has exposed deep rifts in society and stirred anger over issues like immigration and poverty
There was no outright winner in the vote, but major gains for anti-establishment parties.
Italy gets ready to go to the polls in one of the most contentious elections in years.
Italians speak of disillusionment ahead of Sunday's much-anticipated poll
With the ruling center-left in disarray and the far-right capitalizing on the influx of refugees, a kingmaker potentially looms. Silvio Berlusconi is back.
How important is the issue of migration to voters in Italy? Is the 'alarmist' way the issue is being reported in some sections of the media likely to influence the vote?
Italy is going to the polls on Sunday, March 4. Here we look at the data behind the key election issues.
Voters' views on immigration have more to do with their values and personality than economic concerns, and they're restructuring the political map of Italy and other Western nations.
A new voting system could spell an end to fragile coalition governments
Lombardy in the north of Italy is an area known worldwide for the production of women’s socks.
In this special report from Claudio Lavanga for Insiders we explore how the issue of migration is dominating the discussion in the lead up to the elections.
In Italy, around 4 million people live in abject poverty and about 18 million are at risk of poverty or social exclusion.
Gabriella Nobile recounted on Facebook the racist abuse her young adopted children suffered in Milan in the run-up to the Italian elections, blaming Matteo Salvini of the ex-Northern League for whipping up hatred. He has invited her for coffee.
The tenor of the campaign leading up to Italy’s national elections on immigration issues is profoundly alarming, writes Human Rights Watch's Judith Sunderland from Milan.
University dropout, Luigi di Maio, is the front-runner for PM as the Five Star Movement has become Italy’s most popular party
Sex scandals and legal entanglements have not stopped the 81 year old from seeking a political comeback.