Italian traditions provide buffers to the crisis

Associated Press
Italian traditions provide buffers to the crisis

In this Nov. 22, 2012 photo, Amedeo Tartarini gestures during an interview in Nove, near Vicenza, Italy. Tartarini's goldsmith business thrived for decades in Italy's postwar boom, but the country's financial crisis and cheap competition from China brought it to an end. In many rich countries, a person like Tartarini, who has lost his home, his business and his life’s savings, might have ended up on the street. Instead, he has managed to keep afloat thanks to friends and community spirit. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

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