Police and the courts have locked up some of Europe's most notorious mob bosses – but the next generation of would-be kingpins are even worse.
But how do you tackle the country's losing streak?
A transcript from a segment of The Anthill podcast about the futuristic visions of Filippo Marinetti.
The former PM has resigned as leader of his party in the hope of returning to the top job. But it hasn't quite gone to plan.
Nigerian women migrating to Europe are increasingly aware that work hidden in the form of menial jobs is actually sex work, even though they cannot imagine the brutality that comes with it.
This universal symbol of love has proven remarkably divisive.
Recent research contradicts the belief that a period of calm usually follows a serious earthquake.
The Berlin terror attack at the end of 2016 will have major political implications for Germany's elections this year and an uneasy European Union, writes a German studies scholar.
Paolo Gentiloni's government is barely distinct from his predecessor's, and its mandate is desperately thin.
Problems at Monte dei Paschi and UniCredit are bad enough without bail-in rules to contend with.
While the US is reeling from rampant fake online news, political movements in Europe are using the internet as a powerful democratic symbol to win elections. Will cyber-optimism or pessimism win?
In a climate of widespread discontent with Italy's political establishment, a new election might wipe out most of the parties in the current government coalition.
The Italians have rejected Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's constitutional reform package. Now the real struggle for Italy begins.
Markets haven't panicked as they did with Brexit and Trump, but Italy faces serious economic issues in the near future.
This was a vote against the prime minister – not a show of support for his rivals.
The revolt that brought down Matteo Renzi is no carbon copy of Trump et al, but that won't be of much comfort to Brussels.
The "no" result from Italy's referendum is likely to brew political and economic uncertainty for some time yet.
To understand whether the referendum will plunge Italy into a crisis, we need to unpack the problem in its three essential components: the reform; the Renzi's factor; and the country’s economy.
After 1992, the transformation of the Italian left was slow and subtle, but by no means less detrimental to the quality of the country’s democratic system.
US GDP data points to a US rate rise in December, and Australia's housing affordability problem won't be helped by current declining building approvals.