There have been further protests near Naples over the long-running rubbish crisis there. Convinced they are already living in a pollution-ridden “triangle of death”, residents clashed with police over the opening of a provisional dumping ground.
The site was picked by a specially appointed official to help deal with mountains of garbage that have piled up.
But with no-one keen to welcome waste disposal to their neighbourhood, the so-called trash tsar admitted on Tuesday that the immediate solution lie elsewhere.
Germany is being approached to help with the problem. It comes as European Commission sources warned that legal action against Italy over its handling of the crisis looks set to be stepped up.