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Il senso del referendum informale catalano, conversazione con Enric Juliana

Il "referendum sul futuro politico della Catalogna" si è concluso con la schiacciante vittoria (80%) dei favorevoli all'indipendenza senza condizioni...

How Germany has overcome its past, 25 years on

“Jetzt wächst zusammen, was zusammen gehört.” – What belongs together is now growing together. This statement made by Germany’s former Chancellor Willy Brandt after the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989 symbolized the beginning of a renewed Germany. But as for the destiny of the (potential) new country, it still looked like a page to be written...

London and Berlin: close partners, a quarter century after the fall of the Wall

In the past when England played Germany in soccer, fans from the island nation chanted a famous taunt, “One World Cup! Two World Wars!” Not only had the English vanquished their rivals on the playing field in 1966, but on battlefields in 1918 and 1945 as well - and they weren’t about to let the Germans forget it...

Il settore istruzione&ricerca nell’economia europea che non cresce

L’impatto della crisi sulla ricerca in Europa è stato molto acuto, anche se estremamente differenziato. Identificarlo è operazione complessa, prima di tutto per la multidimensionalità del settore, a partire dai diversi canali di finanziamento (pubblico o privato) e le relative finalità...

The EU’s economy: still in the trap?

Entering the eighth year of the Great Recession, Europe’s economic outlook is still gloomy...

European youth on the move, away from the crisis

From Amsterdam to Berlin, London to Vienna, the increasing presence of young workers, students and interns from the Mediterranean countries is palpable. The economic crisis in Europe, and the austerity cure, has hit the peripheral economies of the South particularly hard. Youth unemployment is rampant...

Ukraine’s future: international pressures and the imperative of domestic consolidation

The snap parliamentary elections held in Ukraine on October 26 have shifted the political spectrum of the country: the major political forces are now differentiated along the lines of their radicalism toward Russia instead of the usual pro-Russia vs pro-West divide that characterized political life in Kiev since 1991...

La nuova Commissione Europea tra ambizioni ed emergenze

Le sfide della nuova Commissione Europea, che avvia concretamente il suo mandato in Novembre, sono fondamentalmente di due tipi...

La Francia come nuovo malato d’Europa?

Un paese insicuro e senza entusiasmo; bloccato da un sistema produttivo che non riesce a riacquistare dinamismo, appesantito da crescenti divergenze; avvelenato da un clima politico pesante, dalla sfiducia diffusa e dalle lotte in seno ai principali partiti...

The geopolitics of Franco-German relations at a time of multiple crises

A never-changing objective of diplomacy in Europe over the last 200 years has been to make sure that the central European powers avoid fighting each other, and that they be capable of countering Russia. The crucial factor when it comes to containing Moscow’s ambitions is the connection between France and Germany. When they are strong and act together, the Russian bear stays home...