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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Italians face growing virus containment measures

Italians in Rome have been dealing with growing restrictions after Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte ordered restaurants, cafes and retail shops closed after imposing a nationwide lockdown on personal movement. (March 12)

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Italy suspends sporting events amid virus lockdown | AFP

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announces that the country’s top-flight football league, along with all sporting events in the country, will be suspended until April 3 as Italy grapples with the coronavirus crisis.

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Giuseppe Conte and Emmanuel Macron walk through Naples historic centre | AFP

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron walk through Naples’ historic city centre. Macron is in the Italian city for the Franco-Italian summit. IMAGES

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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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Family photo before the France-Italy summit in Naples | AFP

The French delegation made of ministers and president Emmanuel Macron gather with Italian ministers and head of government Giuseppe Conte for the traditional family photo ahead of the France-Italy summit in Naples. IMAGES

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French president visits hospital where first French coronavirus victim died | AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron visits the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris where the first French novel coronavirus death occurred the previous day. Macron is then due to fly to Naples where he will meet the Italian Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte,for a Franco-Italian summit disrupted by the coronavirus crisis. 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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Italian PM Giuseppe Conte greets UN’s Antonio Guterres in Rome | AFP

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte greets UN secretary general Antonio Guterres at Villa Madama in Rome, ahead of a meeting. 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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Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel | AFP

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte greets German Chancellor Angela Merkel as she arrives in Rome on a state visit. IMAGES

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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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Vladimir Putin meets Giuseppe Conte in Rome | AFP

Russian president Vladimir Putin is welcomed by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Rome. Italy’s populist government has called for an easing of sanctions, despite Moscow’s ongoing crisis with the West. IMAGES

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Saudi Crown Prince and Italy’s PM arrive in Japan for G20 summit | AFP

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrive in Osaka, Japan ahead of the G20 summit on Friday and Saturday. IMAGES

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Italian PM called ‘a puppet’ after saying EU ‘lost touch’ with people

Italian PM Giuseppe Conte has hit back at claims made by a chief EU lawmaker that he is a “puppet” of his country’s coalition party leaders, after declaring the bloc had ‘lost touch’ with its people.

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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