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As Prime Minister Mario Monti fights to protect Italy from the contagion driving up its borrowing costs to perilous levels, one region in particu… Read More
As Prime Minister Mario Monti fights to protect Italy from the contagion driving up its borrowing costs to perilous levels, one region in particular has been in the spotlight: Sicily, which some fear has become “the Greece of Italy” and is at risk of defaulting on its high public debts. Read Less
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Sicily's fiscal problems threaten to swamp Italy
The New York Times. Article by Rachel Donadio.
Many critics say Italy — and Sicily in particular — has been driven into dire financial straits not by austerity but by the rampant public spending of the past, the product of an entrenched jobs-for-votes system that helped keep Italian governments in power and Sicilians employed.

www.nytimes.com/2012/07/23/world/europe/sicilys-fiscal-problems-threaten-to-swamp-italy.html?pagewanted=all

President of the Sicilian Region Raffaele Lombardo, 61, walks out of his office after an interview at Palazzo d'Orleans, headquarters of the Presidency of the Sicilian Regional Assembly in Palermo.
A red carpet inside Palazzo d'Orleans, the headquarters of the Presidency of the Sicilian Regional Assembly.
Staff of the Sicilian Regional Assembly work by President Raffaele Lombardo's office.
Hats of the Carabinieri and of the Guardia di Finanza, two of Italy's armed forces, are left at the entrance of a room before a civil gold medal delivery ceremony at Palazzo d'Orléans, the headquarters of the presidency of the Sicilian region.
Representatives of the Carabinieri and of the Guardia di Finanza, two of Italy's armed forces, chat before a civil gold medal delivery ceremony at Palazzo d'Orléans, the headquarters of the presidency of the Sicilian region.
An usher supervises the media during an assembly of the Sicilan regional parliament.
A screen displays the live speech of President of Sicilian Regione Raffaele Lombardo, 61, in the press room of the Sicilian Regional Assemby.
President of the Region of Sicily Raffaele Lombardo, 61, speaks at the Sicilian Regional Assembly.
An usher supervises the media during an assembly of the Sicilan regional parliament.
President of the Sicilian Region Raffaele Lombardo, 61, is interviewed in his office at Palazzo d'Orleans.
President of the Sicilian Region Raffaele Lombardo, 61, answers media questions after his speach at the Regional Assembly.
President of the Sicilian Region Raffaele Lombardo, 61, steps out of the press room  after his speach at the Regional Assembly.