Alessandro Di Battista of Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement and Roberto Speranza continue discussing the finer points of their differences outside the chamber.
Albania police spent the Christmas holiday searching for four Santa Clauses who held up a jewellery store in the capital, Tirana. In a slick operation lasting less than three minutes, the Kalashnikov-toting robbers emptied the loot into their Father Christmas sacks and made off in a waiting Mercedes. Police said they had formed a special unit to hunt down the gang.
This is the video at the centre of furious controversy this morning. Italian cops in full riot gear remove their helmets in what was taken to be a sign of solidarity with the so-called ‘Pitchfork’ protesters – a heterogeneous group that includes farmers, lorry drivers and unemployed workers that on December 9 staged demonstrations, some of them violent, in numerous Italian towns and cities. It’s not quite as it seems because the protest had a distinctly right-wing flavour. One of the ‘Pitchfork’ demonstrations was joined by ‘Ultras’ (organised and often far-right football fans).