European Union and NATO member, home to roughly 60 million people. The eurozone's third-largest economy, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City.
Italy's capital and largest city is Rome, although rivals including Florence, Milan and Venice all played key roles in the region's past. This page collates DW's latest content related to Italy.
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Almost 50,000 people migrants and refugees have reached Italy this year. Many are supposed to be resettled in other European countries. But other countries are refusing to take them. So, in an effort to try to deport those deemed to be in Italy illegally, the Italian government is planning to open new detention centres to speed up deportation. But they’re controversial. Megan Williams reports.