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Loser and Sfigato

Some months ago the Italian vice minister of labor and social policy, Michel Martone, said that “Anyone who hasn’t graduated by the age of 28 is a sfigato”. “Sfigato” means loser. Needless to say, this statement arouse bitter controversy in Italy’s public opinion, giving its superficiality and lack of sensibility for treating with the situation of the young, who are carrying the heaviest burden of the crisis. There are some structural problems in Italy dramatically contributing to the existing condition, the university system of the country is note the same as the Anglo-Saxons ones, for example, with all its negative as well as positive implications, and the labor market itself is very