The fact that the ‘Ndrangheta, a crime syndicate born in the toe of the Italian boot, should be found in cahoots with local politicians in a town 60km (38 miles) from the French border is striking evidence of something that is gradually becoming clear: the mafia is no longer a southern phenomenon in Italy, but a national one.The report mentions how the Mafia has infiltrated various local councils and at least one instance where it helped a politician get elected to the European parliament. No point in fretting about the nexus between politicians and criminals in India; like inflation, it is a global phenomenon. Think of the notorious links between politicians and criminal groups in Japan.
Of the 22 local authorities disbanded last year because of alleged infiltration by organised crime, four were outside the south. What is happening along the coast near Rome is unclear. Some investigators fear a turf war may have started between local hoodlums and Camorra mobsters intent on expanding their influence.
To take this further, it is a mistake to think of politics and crime as two distinct vocations. There are politicians in all countries (including the US) who are known to have engaged in criminality. And criminals do find it expedient to become politicians themselves. So, you have two sets of criminals: one operates within the framework of the law and the other operates outside it. Both profit by breaking the law.