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Migration in the EU: a decision-making crisis

2015 will be remembered as the year in which the European Union was flooded by an unprecedented number of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa, posing an impressive operational, financial and organizational burden. While numbers have since decreased, since January 2015, almost 1.6 million people have crossed into southern Europe, with more than 13,000 found dead or missing...

Social democracy facing the challenge of populism

After Germany and France, the Italian elections and the new government’s first steps confirm that the rise of populism in Europe affects all countries. At the same time, in these founding member states of the European Union, social democracy weakens dramatically when it does not collapse. Populism is also a major driving force behind the Brexit vote and the Catalan crisis...

Two Americas and the lost center

All my life, I’ve been considered very liberal (that means basically “left,” in American usage)...

Welcome the Truce: but we need more to save the Atlantic

 We can breathe a sigh of relief: A trade war between the United States and Europe, which would have had a strongly penalizing impact on an economy relying on exports such as Italy’s, has been averted for the time being.  After branding the EU a "foe" in the commercial sphere, Donald Trump pulled...

NATO, burden sharing and Mr. Trump

“Two percent is a joke. Four percent is what we should be spending. We [the US] are being played for fools”...

The domestic impulses behind the Trump-Kim gamble

In 1972, there was the “Ping-pong diplomacy” that led to a meeting between Richard Nixon and Mao Zedong in Beijing. Their meeting changed the course of 20th century history and laid the groundwork for the complex relationship between China and the United States that exists today, part cooperation and part fierce rivalry...

The first Trump-Putin summit: a turning point with many question marks

The July 16th Helsinki summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will be a turning point in American political history and US-Russia relations. However, whether the effect on Russia in the long term will be positive or negative is now even more unclear as both leaders pledged greater short-term cooperation...

Engaging Russia: a gamble and its limits

The first summit between the leaders of Russia and the United States produced very little tangible news. Still, it ignited an emotional storm that reflected polarized perceptions of the world by American and Russian elites. These divergent worldviews are the real cause of the crisis in the countries’ bilateral relations...

A Russian conservative view of Putin: interview with Alexander Dugin

After the splash of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, U.S. President Donald Trump is now ready for another step in his disruptive diplomacy, a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin...

Trump’s NATO summit: when drama overcomes substance

The 2018 NATO Summit will be remembered as one of the most tense in recent history. The reasons do not lie in external challenges or enemies, as the 29 allies once again showed convergence on measures adopted to safeguard their national and collective security. The drama, rather, came from US President Donald Trump’s negotiation and communication strategy...