Italy Trip

Background

Posted by italytrip1 on October 6, 2008

Italy was in 1861 a nation, when the small states on the peninsula, including Sicily and Sardinia under King Victor Emmanuel II united. The era of democracy took place after the establishment of fascism under Benito Mussolini in the 1920s its end. The alliance with Germany led the country then in the Second World War. After the 1946 defeat sparked a republican form of government from the monarchy, while there was an economic upswing. Italy was a founding member of NATO and the European Community. It was one of the pioneers of European unification and took 1999 to the monetary union. Today the south of the country with illegal immigration, organized crime, corruption, high unemployment and low growth rates in contrast to the prosperous north.

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