Friday, 20 July 2012

Italy's Economic Crisis Risks Sparking 'Civil War' in Sicily

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: The misery caused by Italy's financial crisis could spark a "civil war" in the southern island of Sicily, the mayor of regional capital Palermo said on Friday.

"Because of an explosive mix of despair felt by many families and the stranglehold of organised crime, a civil war could even break out," mayor Leoluca Orlando told the economic daily Wirtschaftsblatt.

"Sicily is the Greece of Italy," said Orlando, a member of the anti-corruption Italy of Values party and a staunch anti-Mafia champion.

"We've managed to stay afloat only because we're a part of Italy," he added.

"Many businesses are shutting, families on low incomes can no longer pay their electricity bills," said Orlando, who has been mayor since May. » | Source: AFP | Friday, July 20, 2012

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Monti plans 'Greek-style' takeover of Sicily to avert default: Italian premier Mario Monti is mulling emergency action to take direct control of Sicily’s regional government before the island spirals into a full-blown financial crisis, fearing contagion to the rest of Italy. » | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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