"I think the real cancer in my country is the party system," says Emma Bonino, the vice president of the Italian senate.
"This is not a democracy, this is not a democracy when you cannot elect your representative because it is decided by the party's secretary general," she says. "It's not a democracy when accountability and transparency is nowhere to be seen."
And then there is the financial crisis.
The third-largest economy in Europe is experiencing drastic cuts in public spending. Business people are so frustrated that many of them have given up and have even taken their own lives.
Savings have been imposed by Mario Monti, the country's prime minister, but will they work? Or is there more chaos ahead? And how will all this impact the rest of Europe?
"My country has been living out of its own possibilities over the last 20, 30 years," Bonino says, expressing concern about the lack of reform in Italy in recent decades.
"I don't think we can fix the country in six months, this is totally impossible," she adds.