The Listening Post

Media, old and new, drive France's presidential race

We explore what is driving the presidential campaign in France; plus, the threat of fake news in Italy.


Who killed Giulio Regeni?

Student or spy? A year without the truth on the brutal murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni.


Italy avalanche toll climbs to 17 as hopes diminish

Twelve unaccounted for at hotel in Abruzzo region as second tragedy hits nearby: the crash of an emergency helicopter.


Mario Balotelli racially abused at football match

Ligue 1 to investigate after Italian striker Mario Balotelli accuses Bastia fans of making monkey noises as he played.


Bus crash in northern Italy kills 16 people

Coach carrying Hungarian students crashed and caught fire near the city of Verona in Italy.


Ten survivors located in avalanche-hit Italian hotel

Rescuers search for survivors after massive snow slide buries tourist hotel in Italy.


'Many dead' in avalanche-hit Italian hotel after quake

Bodies were found inside the hotel in the central Abruzzo region, media reports say.


Rome shaken as earthquakes hit central Italy

No reports of casualties as three tremors strike in quick succession across the regions of Abruzzo, Lazio and Marche.


Nearly 100 refugees feared dead in Libya boat disaster

Search and rescue operation under way as latest boat disaster in the Mediterranean Sea kills at least eight.

Street Food

Street food Palermo: A melting pot in the Mediterranean

We discover how Sicily's multicultural past has shaped the island's unique cuisine and traditional street food culture.


Berlin truck attack suspect shot dead in Milan

Suspect in Berlin Christmas market truck attack killed in shootout in a Milan suburb, Italian minister says.


New shipwrecks add to deadliest year for refugees

As many as 100 refugees drown off Italian coast, raising 2016 record death toll over Mediterranean to at least 5,000.

Refugee Crisis

African ghosts in Sicily

They risk it all - crossing deserts, enduring brutality in the prisons of Libya and embarking on perilous voyages across the Mediterranean on rafts and old fishing boats.


Italy jails boat captain for 2015 refugee deaths

Tunisian Mohammed Ali Malek given 18-year sentence for incident in which only 28 survived out of about 850 on board.


Now Italy needs a new deal - and new politics

There is a renewed sense of civic participation in Italy and perhaps it can lead to a restart of its stale politics.

by Lorenzo Marsili