Having been in Italy recently, I don't know what else to say in response to this:
"Italy's government has rushed through a decree [that] sets rules for citizen street patrols, in which officials said [sic] retired police and soldiers would play a major role."
"Critics say the measures could effectively legitimise vigilantism and xenophobia."Clearly, not all Italians. But it has to be getting towards a majority after they re-elected Berlusconi.