Roman Austerity Parliamentary Salary Cuts a Drop in the Bucket

Italian parliamentarians voted this week to slash their salaries by 1,300 euros per month. That, though, is a mere drop in the bucket according to a study released in late January by a Rome think tank. The cost to run Italy's parliament is twice that of Britain, Germany, France and Spain combined.
Von Alex Macbeth
The Montecitorio palace, seat of the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome and home to Europe's most expensive parliament.

The Montecitorio palace, seat of the Italian Chamber of Deputies in Rome and home to Europe's most expensive parliament.

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