Italy's anti-Mafia agency warns of escalating violence among mob groups particularly rival clans from the Camorra or Neapolitan Mafia which were responsible for half the gangland murders in the country last year as reported by ANSA.
Italian police have busted 15 suspects from the Padovano clan of the Sacra Corona Unita or Puglian Mafia for their alleged roles in the extortion racket, drug trade and intimidating politicans as reported by ANSA.
Italy's organized crime groups -- principally the Camorra in Naples, Cosa Nostra in Sicily, the 'Ndrangheta in Calabria and the Sacra Corona Unita in Puglia -- were responsible for 29,274 environmental crimes in 2013 from which they earned over 15 billion euros ($20 billion) as reported by ANSA.
Nothing is sacred -- not even God's green earth -- to a reprobate mobster.
President Giorgio Napolitano has called upon Italy to "work harder to stop its mafias infiltrating the legal economy," and said "the penetration of criminal associations into the world of business and entrepreneurship is a worrying phenomenon" as reported by ANSA.
A "worrying phenomenon," indeed.
The Italian Mafia has taken over the European economy, and last February "the European Parliament passed a new directive making it easier for national authorities to confiscate criminal assets, in response to evidence that organized crime groups have gobbled up properties and companies across Europe" as reported by Jim Yardley for The New York Times: "some say the same focus that is applied to fighting terrorism should be applied to confronting organized crime."
After reputed boss Savino Parisi from the Sacra Corona Unite or Puglian Mafia was released from prison after a thirteen-year stay his degenerate neighbors welcomed him home with gifts ranging from meat and cheese to horses and cars as reported by ANSA.
Of course, Parisi apparently couldn't keep himself out of trouble, and once again is on trial for mob crimes including bid rigging and drug trafficking.
Mobsters by definition are recidivists.
Maybe this time the state will put him away for good.