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While financial disaster looms over Italy, the country has more pressing issues on its mind: what to bring to the beach and where to buy the sandwiches

13th August, 2011
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The elderly woman stood in her doorway, filling the street with the anxious sounds of the TV set blaring in the corner and the aroma from the pot of minestrone bubbling on the stove behind her.

But she wasn’t worried about lunch: for once, she had some more universal problems on her mind.

‘‘In Italia élamiseria,” she declared, throwing her arms open wide and gesturing to the sunny courtyard and the spectacular mountains...

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