The trash crisis in Naples has reached epic proportions, with more than 2,000 tons of smelly refuse backed up and waiting to be dumped somewhere. Some regions of Italy have refused to take any Neapolitan garbage. Others have signed deals to accept the trash, but implementation of the agreement is being held up by red tape. Police are assigned to accompany garbage trucks, since local residents tend to become belligerent towards them. Angry citizens have taken to setting the piles of uncollected refuse on fire, causing respiratory problems for children, the elderly, and asthmatics.
In other news, Ireland is the latest Eurozone country whose bonds have been assigned “junk” status. Italy is attempting to ward off a similar fate by promising immediate implementation of new austerity plans. The French are worried, because they have the greatest exposure to Italian debt.
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