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Rome: How can Italy break free of its pervasive culture of distrust? (Photo: Giampaolo Macorig)

Italy's 'trust no one' culture holding back growth

For visitors this spring, a trip to Bella Italia’s countryside and picturesque towns will feel like taking a trip back in time. Because it is.\n \nI found this out several years ago as a “cittadino” of the northern city of Bologna, when trying to buy a bicycle.

The local bike shop’s proprietor, a rather cantankerous old man, greeted me with a suspicious eye and deafening silence. After I made clear my intention to purchase a bike, he snapped that he had only one to sell me, and I could...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Rome: How can Italy break free of its pervasive culture of distrust? (Photo: Giampaolo Macorig)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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