Gypsies in Romania. Source.
Say what you like about the economy (still nowhere near where it was in 2007), the Ukraine or the Middle East, there is one overriding topic of conversation in the bars and dinner parties of Italy: immigration.
It is not such a difficult subject to broach as it is in Britain, there not being the vocal politically correct class here. You can introduce the topic without looking over your shoulder or the police investigating you for thought crime.
Once engaged in conversation, however, it becomes clear there is a growing consensus which Guardian readers would find alarming. Pretty well everyone you meet thinks something serious has to be done.
And to make it more politically incorrect, Italians do not in principle have a problem with immigration numbers per se, they have a problem with who is coming. Top of the hate list are the Roma — Romany people. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center said fully 90 percent of Italians detested them…