Originally posted on Quartz:
While Europe is busy dealing with Greece, there is another emergency that’s remained quietly unresolved over the past several decades. Mario Draghi called it (pdf, p.6, in Italian) “the largest and most populous backward territory of the Euro zone.” It’s southern Italy, called Mezzogiorno, where over 21 millions Italians live—over a third of the population—and are responsible for producing under a fourth of the country’s GDP. This area has historically been problematic in terms of its economy while the productive heart of the country lies in the north.
More than 25% of southern families report being in serious financial deprivation and more than half of the 6 millions Italians (link in Italian) who live in poverty are in the southern region. The south has been affected by the recession even worse than the rest of the country. This is all aggravated by the presence of several organized criminal groups: the Cosa Nostra,
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