Italy suffered along with much of Europe during the recession, but the country's economic growth has been slowing for 20 years, a result many say of entrenched interests in both the public and private sectors that stand in the way of progress and change. Milan-based retail chain Esselunga's owner Bernardo Caprotti saw the problem first-hand when his efforts to obtain permits to build a suburban supermarket took 43 years. "Italy can't go on like this. Either we change or we go nowhere," he said.

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