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Topic - Paola Severino
Italy's justice minister is warning that rampant corruption by politicians' pilfering public funds is reaching unprecedented levels, just as the government is demanding sacrifices from its citizens to keep the country from succumbing to the European debt crisis.
Minister Paola Severino says corruption is worse than during the kickback probes in the 1990s, nicknamed "Bribesville," that brought down an entire ruling class.
In an interview Sunday with Sky TG-24 TV, Mr. Severino said corruption is "extremely widespread in a context of great political weakness."