Italy cannot fight the mafia alone

This year, Italy has detected mafia infiltration in 12 municipal administrations, showing how permeable Italian politics are to criminal organizations. But there are good reasons to think that this infiltration is taking place on a European scale.

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Ingrid Colanicchia MicroMega, Italy
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Anti-mafia magistrate Nicola Gratteri. Wikicommons

Why this story matters:

In Italy, most cases of mafia infiltration used to occur in the South. But, over the last decades, municipalities of the center and the north began to appear on the list of compromised administrations. Now, however, the mafia phenomenon is expanding beyond the borders of Italy -- as demonstrated by the 2007 vendetta in Duisburg, Germany.

Anti-mafia magistrate Nicola Gratteri is convinced that 80% of cocaine trafficking in Europe is in the hands of the 'Ndrangheta.

He also believes the Calabrian crime group has successfully rooted itself in Eastern Europe. Upon hearing these suspicions, one immediately thinks of how Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak was mysteriously murdered while investigating the penetration of organized crime into the political system and institutions of his country.

Its time for Europe has to acknowledge how widespread the problem is and to work towards a collaborative solution. The European political agenda needs a framework to fight the mafia, and creating it must become a top priority. 

Details from the story:

  • Since the beginning of 2018, 12 municipal councils have been dissolved due to mafia infiltration in Italy.
  • 5 out of the 12 compromised administrations are in Calabria, which is the second most infiltrated region after Campania.
  • Most cases occur in the South, but in recent years cities from northern and central regions, like Piedmont, Liguria, Lazio, Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, began to be infiltrated as well.
  • For the Municipality of Platì, in Calabria, this is the fourth time an administration is dissolved because of infiltration.
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