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Tutto sull'articolo 155 della Costituzione spagnola

L'articolo 155 della Costituzione spagnola - di cui il presidente del governo Mariano Rajoy ha annunciato l'attuazione sabato 21 ottobre, per la prima volta dall'entrata in vigore della Carta - è uno strumento giuridico di interpretazione piuttosto ampia, addirittura ambigua, data la sua vaghezza. Qui il testo:...

Austria’s new breed of right-wing populism: a conversation with Ivan Vejvoda

“In Austria we have seen a pattern that resembles what we have seen in Germany and other countries: a rise in populism, a renationalization of politics and a resurgence of the far right...

De-certifying the Iran nuclear deal: Trump’s credibility at stake

Ever since Donald Trump’s inauguration, the fate of the Iran nuclear deal has been in limbo...

The Syrian army: An Arab force backed by Russia and Iran

I recently mentioned to some colleagues that I was writing an in-depth analysis of the factors behind the success of Bashar al-Assad’s army in Syria. One of them replied candidly, “There is little to analyze...

Washington’s Kurdish Dilemmas

Iraqi Kurdistan’s recent referendum regarding independence from Iraq has provoked an overwhelmingly negative response in the Middle East and beyond. There is no question that most Kurds support transforming their autonomous region in northern Iraq into an internationally recognized independent state...

Generals and businesspeople at the heart of the US administration: why this is a problem

One of the defining features of the Trump’s administration is its heavy reliance on figures from business and the military. While this approach feeds into the president’s self-directed “outsider” narrative, cutting out civilian public sector expertise does not just weaken the government in the long term – it also creates problems for the current administration...

The unstable coalition behind president Trump

So far, Donald Trump’s record in implementing campaign promises is more or less zero. Yes, he withdrew the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change to be faithful to his rhetoric “Global warming is a hoax!” but he probably regrets that now that hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria hit Texas, Florida and the Caribbean. What about the rest?...

La complessità di una giornata particolare

Difficile descrivere esattamente cosa è stato il 1° ottobre in Catalogna, perchè è stato molte cose insieme...

Two books to put Catalonia in context

There is no doubt that the evolving crisis between Catalonia and the Spanish state is a political watershed that could cause ripples across Europe. While the local forces at play and the unique history of Spanish statehood are certainly crucial, it may be useful to put the current clash over the future of the country in a much broader perspective – in fact, in a truly global context...

Macron is not enough for Europe

Germany is half caught up in its domestic woes, the United Kingdom has half a foot outside the EU's door, Italy is already halfway into the next general election, and Spain is traumatically split in half. The European Union expresses the strength and the weakness of its individual members, the nation states...