Italy, G7 member and third world country

BY MARIA MAGGIORE Italy is the EU laggard in terms of productivity, but at the same time it retains a strong performance in manufacturing, registering the third best trade surplus in Europe. How can this paradox be explained? What are the roots of these problems and where is the potency of the country concentrated? Italian journalist Maria Maggiore of Investigate Europe gives her vision of the Bel Paese.  After 20 years spent abroad, the first thing that shocked me on returning to Italy was the extreme bureaucracy that crept into everyday life. We spent five months to get an [...]