Italy’s Conte talks COVID-19, racism, Brexit, and M5S in exclusive AFP interview | AFP

In an exclusive interview with AFP in Rome, Italian Prime minister Giuseppe Conte remembers the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, the future of the EU and addresses allegations that his Five Star Movement party received secret financing from Venezuela’s current President Nicolas Maduro.

President of the Council since June 2018, at the head of a coalition first with the far-right, and today with the centre-left, Giuseppe Conte, 55, a law professor still unknown two years ago, has emerged stronger from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Italy’s Conte talks COVID-19, racism, Brexit, and M5S in exclusive AFP interview | AFP

In an exclusive interview with AFP in Rome, Italian Prime minister Giuseppe Conte remembers the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic and addresses the Black Lives Matter movement saying ‘internal policies’ need to be put in place to stop racism and discrimination from occurring, while also commenting on the M5S fundings allegations and the future of the EU as he sees it. President of the Council since June 2018, at the head of a coalition first with the far-right, and today with the centre-left, Giuseppe Conte, 55, a law professor still unknown two years ago, has emerged stronger from the coronavirus pandemic.

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Macron and Conte arrive for France-Italy summit in Naples | AFP

French president Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrive at France/Italy summit in Naples. IMAGES

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Libya’s GNA Chief al-Sarraj meets Italy’s Conte as diplomatic flurry over crisis continues | AFP

Libya’s GNA leader Fayez al-Sarraj meets Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte as part of a diplomatic offensive by Europe and North Africa to reduce tensions in Libya. IMAGES

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Venice floods: Italian PM Conte to declare state of emergency | AFP

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte says the government is prepared to take emergency measures for Venice, struck by an exceptional tide this week. The canal city was bracing itself for more rising waters.

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Italy in limbo after PM Conte attacks Salvini and resigns | AFP

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte resigns after lashing out at far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for pursuing his own interests by pulling the plug on the government coalition.

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Italian PM Conte arrives at Morandi bridge demolition site

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrives at the site of the Morandi bridge in Genoa, Italy, which is being demolished after its collapse nearly six months ago left 43 people dead and dozens injured. IMAGES of Conte on siteCOMPLETES VID1301274_EN

Conte and Juncker meet in Brussels ahead of EU summit

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is welcomed by EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels as he arrives for a working dinner amid tussle over Italy’s budget. IMAGES

Italian PM Conte shakes hands with Libya’s Haftar

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte greets self-proclaimed Libyan National Army Chief of Staff, Khalifa Haftar on the second day of a conference on Libya in Palermo. Libya’s key political players are meeting with global leaders in the latest bid by major powers to kickstart a long-stalled political process and trigger elections. IMAGES of handshake between Conte and Haftar

Trump Praises Italy’s Conte on Immigration

(30 Jul 2018) President Donald Trump is praising Italy’s new premier handling of immigration issues and says the two leaders will discuss trade and the military. (July 30)

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Italy: Conte officially takes over from Gentiloni

The outgoing Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni symbolically presents the new Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Friday afternoon with the bell used to mark the beginning of the meetings of the Council of Ministers. IMAGES

Atletico crash out, Chelsea drop to second place

Antonio Conte insists Chelsea have nothing to fear in the Champions League last 16 even though his side could face a crunch clash with Barcelona or Paris Saint Germain. Conte’s team blew their chance to finish top of Group C as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid.