In 2010, France's anti-gypsy campaign has sparked international criticism by deporting Roma, often called Gypsies, of Eastern European decent. Italy has been facing a similar "Gypsy Emergency". - Blaming crime on the increase of Roma immigrants in the past couple of years, authorities are dismantling large Gypsy camps outside of Milan and Rome. The goal was to level the camps before the end of 2010, according to Riccardo De Corato, who is Milan's vice mayor from Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's ruling party and who is in charge of handling the camps. (noor)

THE HEART OF DARKNESS (incomplete) by GIOVANNI TROILO (LUZ) - Charleroi, La Ville Noire (The Black City), a town close to Bruxelles, symbolizes by itself the whole of Europe. The collapse of the industrial manufacturing, the rising unemployment, the increasing immigration, the outbreak of microcriminality. The regression of the social welfare, the lack of a shared identity. This feature is a journey to the roots of my family, which moved from Italy to the district of Charleroi in 1956 to work in the steel industry. Two generations have already succeeded in the promised land and, in the meantime, everything has changed. At this crossroad many populations united under the same roof of working opportunities were left without anything to share, as work vanished. Today social unease combines with the lives of the citizens. The roads, once blooming and neat, appear today desolated and abandoned, industries are closing down and spontaneous vegetation eats the old industrial districts. A perverse and sick sex, race hate, neurotic obesity and the abuse of psychiatric drugs seem to be the only cures being able to make this endemic uneasiness accettable. The same thing in a broader scale is happening in Europe. Does it make any sense to stay together when the initial mission has almost failed? Will it be possible to have another chance? This is the question for Europe, this is the question for Charleroi, the dark heart of Europe. (Giovanni Trolio)

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