Is this problem limited to Italy, or is there a risk elsewhere in Europe?
Despite what certain foreign newspapers have unsuccessfully tried to claim, this problem is by no means limited to Italy. The major international criminal organizations have amassed immense financial liquidity over time, which has undergone various stages of money laundering, in order to then be used in apparently lawful investments. Such an enormous amount of money originating from a wide spectrum of illicit traffic which – just like the coronavirus - does not stop at any border and flows into the international economy. Vast sums of money that seek the easiest path to travel, through so-called forum shopping, to end up in countries where the level of vigilance is lower, the quality of legislation is less stringent and sanctions are less severe, serve to create opportunities to take over companies weakened by their lack of liquidity when such a dramatic pandemic occurs.
It is the underestimation of the phenomenon and the tendency to blame neighbors for negative behavior that lead to a lowering of the guard, and to playing into the hands of the criminal organizations, who are always ready to take advantage of every opportunity.