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.
For decades, hundreds of small family-owned businesses and traditional artisans have formed the backbone of Italy’s economy. But with a prolonged recession and competition from Asia, many of those small companies have fallen on hard times. As Megan Williams reports, some are turning to high tech to help keep their traditions alive.
The EU stands up to Washington over the Iran nuclear deal - Austrians protests against the far-right coaliltion - Could Puigdemont govern Catalonia in absentia? - Brittany keeps an eye on Catalonia - Turkish President threatens to “strangle” a new US-backed force in Syria - Homelessness in Berlin - An army of 'elves' fighting an information war in Lithuania - Italian artisans go high-tech.
Parliament voted in favor of increased presence in North Africa and cutting the number of troops in the Middle East. Rome hopes to fight the human trafficking that has brought hundreds of thousands of migrants to Italy.