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Italy fights against organized and petty crimes

Italy battles against organized crime and petty crimes, in particular targeting violence against women.

Premier Romano Prodi met with top ministers to discuss government measures, due to be formulated in three weeks, concerning initiatives to combat organized crime and more general cases of illegal activities.

The city of Florence has already taken a first step, mounting a crackdown on squeegee men, or people who wash drivers' windshields and then demand payment. And just this week the Sicilian chapter of Italy's business association vowed to expel industrialists who pay the "pizzo" extortion fee to the Mafia.

A statement from Prodi's office said the government measures would pay particular attention to prevention and to the fight against violent crimes targeting women.

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Moscow is trying to stop Balkan countries from entering NATO. Greece eventually took measures against Russia, even though Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had earlier said that Russia was Greece's strategic partner

Militant Greek atheist Alexis Tsipras betrays his people, Orthodoxy and Russia