Any European recovery will exclude Italy. Data on the economy are so bad it is clear that Italy would be unable to respond.
companies closed down between 2009 and 2012.
Numbers employed in manufacturing have fallen by 10% since 2007, with 539,000 manufacturing jobs lost for good.
Confindustria reports that 15% of Italian manufacturing capacity has been destroyed (and you wouldn't turn to Italy for anything else would you? Well, perhaps an outing to Venice or something, but no primary products, no financial, or legal services anyone in their right mind would want to use, no research and development or tertiary sector educational attractions, no institutional solidity or even propriety.
32,000 fewer firms.
Credit cuts of between 50 and 60 billion euros (that's Confindustria) from 2012; S&P says Italian banks in 2012 cut 44 billion euros of credit to companies in Italy.
Welfare funds running on empty.
Government debt at 134% of GDP by the end of 2013 - some 2.03 trillion euros.
Italy's democracy is a shell. Its economy is hollowed-out and dying where it stands.