International rankings have a significant impact on how countries are perceived and how investment decisions are made. In a globalized world where competition is the rule of the game, having a good rating in terms of perception is crucial and yet Italy too often has received grades way below any reasonable criteria and has not bothered much to correct the situation. For instance Italy is ranked 77th in the Press Freedom Index behind countries like Namibia (17th) and Burkina Faso (42th) and it appears at the 45th spot in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index behind Malesia (18th) and Mauritius (32th). Not to mention that Italy ranked 61th in the latest report of the Transparency Index, which measures corruption, behind Uruguay (21th) and Bahrain (50th). [Continue reading at ItalyEurope24]