Old Continent

Le dinamiche incerte di una Catalogna divisa

La Catalogna è andata alle urne il 21 dicembre al termine di un autunno più che caldo: assolutamente da infarto. Vale la pena ricordarne le tappe più significative, in un esercizio necessario a comprendere meglio il complesso risultato elettorale, e gli eventi che seguiranno. Mesi vissuti pericolosamente...

Bruxelles alla prova delle crisi interne

La diagnosi – da Brexit, alla deriva polacca, al separatismo catalano - sembra impietosa: ogni paese-membro rovescia sul tavolo europeo i suoi guai e le sue specifiche debolezze interne...

La fase nuova della questione catalana

Molti occhi erano puntati sulla Catalogna prima delle elezioni anticipate del 21 dicembre. Da Bruxelles, dopo che il campo indipendentista aveva tentato politicamente e poi anche fisicamente (con l’arrivo del fuggiasco Carles Puigdemont) di spostare la partita sul campo da gioco delle istituzioni europee...

Digital disruption and manufacturing transformation: an Italian case study

An issue of paramount importance for the future of the Italian economy is the long-term resilience of manufacturing – in particular in the regions of the North-West (the primary locus of the country’s early industrialization) and North-East (the primary locus of industrialization in the 1980s and 1990s). These areas comprise Piedmont, Lombardy, Emilia Romagna and “Triveneto” – i.e...

Diminishing returns: the relative decline of Russia’s pipeline power

When considering EU energy security, big pipelines get most of the ink. NordStream II, TurkStream, and the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) are the focal points for arguments about EU efforts to diversify natural gas supplies...

Government crisis in Germany – what happened and what’s next?

In the last two months, there have been a series of firsts in Germany – and the trend seems to continue. It was the first time the Social Democrats (SPD) fell to 20% since the foundation of a modern democracy in Germany. It was also the first time the Christian Democrats (CDU with its sister party CSU) secured only 33% of the votes since 1949...

The ambivalent Russian soul

A century was not enough for Russia to absorb not only the effects, but the reasons for the 1917 Revolution. Both Russian society and government still lack a consensus on whether it was one of the greatest tragedies, or an idealistic and utopian leap forward that made Russia one of the two great superpowers of the 20th century...

Il ponte sullo Stretto di Kerch e gli equilibri geopolitici Russia-Ucraina

Gli ingegneri russi hanno portato a termine ormai da alcune settimane un passaggio chiave nella costruzione del ponte sullo stretto di Kerch, la struttura che collegherà per via stradale e ferroviaria la penisola di Crimea alla Russia...

The sinister echoes of 1917 in today’s Russia

A century after Russia’s 1917 revolutions, the current government has hardly reflected on either event...

Europe's regional question

Will Freddy Heineken be proven right after all? Will Europe function better, both politically and economically, if divided into smaller, autonomous regions? In 1992, the Dutch beer magnate published a book called The United States of Europe (a Eurotopia?)...