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Tales of corruption don’t even shock us anymore

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Commentary. Lega is trying to sell the image of a party that has cleaned up its act after 20 years of them and Berlusconi being thick as thieves. However, the investigations into Lega and Forza Italia officials tell a different story.

written by Norma Rangeri

Topic Italy

Also filed under commentary


May 19, 2019

It’s the same as always: the kickbacks in the public works projects, the bribes passed from hand to hand in the elevator, the vote buying scandal involving the white collar mafia in the Siri case, public officials accused of rigging public tenders for healthcare services in Umbria, all the way to the suspicion that organized crime has already infiltrated the reconstruction project for the collapsed Morandi Bridge in Genova—and culminating with Thursday’s arrest of the mayor and deputy mayor of Legnano, a city that is a symbol of the Lega party.

So this is the corruption factory where Italy produces its “anti-politics.” Indeed, it has been working at such an industrious pace that—let’s face it—these everyday stories of corruption are not only failing to surprise us anymore, but even the rhetoric coming in their wake is, if anything, nothing but a rote........

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