EASTWEST ISSUES

All articles found in the issues up to East 48 are available for immediate reading and download. You may also freely access the Editor’s note and a selection of articles published in more recent issues which will be selected on a weekly basis by our newsroom.
  • September/October 2017

    A GREEN FUTURE IN A FORTUNE COOKIE Xi Jinping is preparing to lead the fight against climate change on a global level. Michael Bloomberg assures that the US will boycott Trump and keep their end of the Paris climate change bargain. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH JOSCHKA FISCHER:What has become of the powerful Green movements of the '90s. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH CARL BILDT:The former Swedish PM, a politician who invests in ideas more than polls. DOSSIER –Digital challengesBig Data and Democracy.Artificial Intelligence vs Human Intelligence.Robots, cyber-war and the development of new employment opportunities.

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  • July/August 2017

    THE 120 DAYS OF TRUMP Donald Trump on the job and in charge. His improvised methods are tugging him, the US and the world as a whole on a very windy and unpredictable course. A leading figure in the Macron camp discusses today's France and the Europe of tomorrow. Sylvie Goulard, a controversial and fleeting French defence minister. REPORT: the Big Data are now the new puppeteers. An unbalanced concentration of control allows a disproportionate amount of manipulation. DOSSIER – Allons Enfants! Diagnosis and therapy for 'Ailing France': turning employment and business models on their head. Click here to buy the number or subscribe to the magazine.

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  • May/June 2017

    THE G7 RETURNS On 26 and 27 May the World's Group of Seven meet in Sicily, with an ambitious agenda. Essential they come up with realistic answers. REPORT – Funding terrorism Terrorism is moving towards low cost franchising and by adopting very diverse financial systems to garner support. DOSSIER – THE FORGOTTEN BALKANS Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Albania … allwaiting for Europe.  Click here to buy the number or subscribe to the magazine.

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  • March/April 2017

    From 1 March  the new Eastwest will be at newsstands, bookshops and available in digital format                          EUROPE FLYING INTO A HEADWIND On 25 March the treaties that sanctioned the birth of the EU will turn 60. almo What has happened in these few decades, which now are approaching a lifetime. Troubles and potential are put into perspective. REPORT – FUNDING TERRORISM An exclusive interview with a former terrorist  - Noman Benotman – provides insight into the management of the organizations promoting the so called international...

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  • January/February 2017

    From 2 January the new Eastwest will be at newsstands, bookshops and available in digital format     WLADIMIR THE FIRST The world fears him and that's exactly why his people love him. In an Eastwest survey among its readers, Vladimir Putin was voted the most influential leader in the world today. In this issue, we analyse this national and international success story. EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW Eastwest meets Dilma Rousseff in Porto Alegre. With great fervour, the former Brazilian president explains how her impeachment was in actual fact a coup. EASTWEST LAUNCHES A NEW INQUIRY How terrorism funds itself and the kind of money involved in organising attacks against...

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  • November/December 2016

    PSYCHOPOLITICS The new Eastwest, available from 2 November at newsstands, bookshops and in digital format Cover story The anxiety and impotence of citizens faced with the incapacity and ineffectiveness displayed by its political ruling class in handing the new global challenges. These result in political slogans and the successful rise of personalities that have little to do with the political establishment. A collective psychosis that hasn't spared any western nations. An incensed majority provides a political platform for shrill fringe candidates whose management capacity is yet to be established, a process that could be dangerous in itself. An antidote anyone? Beijing is...

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  • September/October 2016

    EUROPE DEFACED The new edition of Eastwest, available from 1st of September at newsstands, bookshops and in digital format. Cover The British rift has disoriented but not destabilised the Union. The new territorial and commercial borders now on the horizon, are fraying traditional British aplomb and placing greater responsibility on European shoulders. Europe Romano Prodi gives an exclusive interview in which he discusses the future of western democracies, currently living through trying times. A traumatic event would seem to be needed to get Europe to move forward, but Brexit is unlikely to provide it… In spite of their economic diversity, the same problems are affecting most EU...

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  • July/August 2016

    A NEW DARK AGE From the 1st of July the new issue of Eastwest will be available from newsstands, bookshops and in digital format Cover Eastwest's annual Forum will be focusing on Europe of the future, the only way of conceiving a European future which is otherwise fated to become a plethora of ghettoes, backyards and lost opportunities. To quote the positive vision held by the British parliamentarian Jo Cox: a Europe bursting with the energy of all those who view it as a driving force for life and development rather than a dying fortress that can't be defended. Retrenchment is rife, but we hope the more enlightened can ward it off, and these forces will be celebrated during the East...

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  • May/June 2016

    BREXIT, MASS SUICIDE Here comes the new Eastwest! From the 2nd of May at newsagents, bookshops and in digital format . Cover story Great Britain under stress! The United Kingdom heads for the ballot boxes once again to voice its belief in the European Union. The referendum gamble was (also) supposed to reinforce Cameron's political standing but the outcome is very much in the balance and Cameron himself risks being ousted, both by his countrymen and his party. Europe would rather not have to say Bye bye to the English Patient yet… many would relish eliminating the feared "Three Lions" from the European championships … and London would then become a handy appendage of New York, and we...

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  • March/April 2016

    THE RETURN OF THE AYATOLLAHS The new Eastwest. From March 1st at newsagents, bookshops and online in digital format. Cover After almost 40 years of international isolation, Iran and its Ayatollahs are back in business and can play an important role on the global diplomatic scene as a potential strategic partner for the West in the management of the Middle Eastern crisis. The 'rehabilitation' of the Shi'ite regime could have serious repercussions on the regional balance of power. The Islamic enclaves areanalysed from various points of view. The European Union must recalibrate its compass to negotiate the storms brewing on the horizon. Will Nato still be called upon to protect the...

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  • January/February 2016

    FEARLESS! From the 2nd of January at newsagents, bookshops and in digital format the new Eastwest! Cover 'Fearless', dialogue and growthversus panic and terrorism, these are the recipes of Pope Francis' Jubilee of Mercy and Mario Draghi's quantitative easing. Many paths lead to Europe in this upcoming New Year. Not only its management and intelligence communitybut the whole of Europe's civic society is going to be put to the test, seeing as it has greater power and responsibility than it imagines. Europe Integration also has its roots in History, through the acknowledgement of the different identities and their needs, which can be at odds. Western and Eastern Europe, now united yet...

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  • n.62 November/December 2015

    MERKEL AT LAST ! The new issue of East is at newsagents, in bookshops and available in digital format on November 2nd. Cover "We can make it" claims Angela Merkel, raising the curtain on a new chapter in German hospitality which immediately goes 'viral': and she's voted personality of the year in  a poll among East readers shortly after the momentous statement. The central figures of this historical turning point are the Syrian refugees whose  resilience and vitality can provide Europe with an opportunity to build a shared political self-awareness. Europe The economic and cultural geography of the Mediterranean will be the focus of the MED Mediterranean Dialogues Conference...

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  • n.61 September/October 2015

    WARS IN EUROPE The new issue of East will be availableat newsagents, bookshops and in digital format from the 1st of September. Cover Europe as an Idea and Europe as a Fortress: how to avoid the clash and the irresponsible populismsthat are fuelling it. Javier Solana and Aleksander Kwasniewski say Europe must regenerate its democratic process if it wants to avoid a dangerous regression. While the much feared migrant invasion, according to the numbers, is nowhere to be seen. Europe The United Kingdom could be playing with fire by endangering its relationship with the European Union to solve its own internal political problems. The Vatican is playing its cards on the international...

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  • n.8 March 2006

    It’s been a notable effort, especially because of the scarce and confusing data they had to start with, but in the end Daniele Castellani Perelli,Vittorino Ferla, Dennis Redmont and Ennio Remondino succeeded in producing for east the first overview of the power of massmedia in Europe with a particular emphasis on Eastern and Central Europe (see the dossier on page 97). A critical map, obviously, because it’s not possible to simply describe the media systems of the former communist countries without attempting an evaluation of their transparency, efficiency and degree of autonomy from the established powers. No-one can ignore the fact that this is a key issue for building a Europe of...

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  • n.7 December 2005

    Is the Europe of institutions and of politics striving to find its identity and role in the age of globalization? Certainly yes, as Franco Botta and Fabrizio Coricelli explain in this issue of the magazine. But there's also another Europe, the one of firms and markets, of the young who join Erasmus programs and of the trade unions, of volunteering and of subsidies. Does this other Europe, less known and less compelling, no longer tackle the problem of identity and unity in Shakespearian "to be or not to be" terms? This other Europe knows that it is not possible to go back. And so it keeps going. As Dieter Rampl, president of UniCredit-Hypovereinsbank, the credit giant born out of the first...

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  • n.28 February 2010

    In Iran people continue to die on behalf of their belief in democracy. Though those willing to put their lives on the line can’t yet be called a majority movement, they do increasingly represent a large segment of the population. In China, Google is pulling out to avoid government censorship. In Afghanistan, the Taliban continues blackmailing families to discourage them from sending their children to school. In Angola, anti-regime insurgents grab headlines by firing at members of the Togo national soccer team. Based on such news, this phase of globalization seems fraught with political violence, the denial or abuse of basic human rights, and the repression of all forms of social dissent....

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  • n.27 December 2009

    The global economic crisis brought on by the American sub-prime collapse has accentuated debate over the appropriateness of using GDP (gross domestic product) alone in measuring the welfare of people and nations. In October, the subject was a centerpiece of the “Beyond GDP” conference held in Busan, South Korea. Attendees sought to lay the foundations for setting in motion new methodologies for calculating both the meaning of income and the resulting quality of life; east’s Donato Speroni attended the conference and compiled the Dossier we publish in this issue. We also devote ample space to the controversial Russia of President Dimitri Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, which has...

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  • n.26 October 2009

    Russian has 120 officially recognized ethnic minorities, China another 50. Most are in Asia, on the border between the former Soviet Union and newly capitalist China. The demands of these minorities, violent at times, have created serious dilemmas for both Moscow and Beijing in recent years. In this issue, reports from Fernando Orlandi and Claudia Astarita attempt to draw a detailed map of Asia’s most prominent minorities, as well as their histories. We also continue what has been a year long reflection on the fall of the Berlin Wall, which was dealt with at length in east 25 This time around, two internationally renowned scholars, both members of the magazine’s Correspondents’ Committee,...

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  • n.25 June 2009

    In early May, CzechRepublic's parliament voted to back theTreaty of Lisbon. But not so fast. Czech President Vaclav Klaus, an enduring Euroskeptic and EU'spro tempore president, refused to endorse the decision. It's not for us to enter a sovereign debate. Europe's nations must make their own decisions as part of their new legitimacy and the EU's embrace of the rule of law –– all the more so since the community enlarged. But something else bears saying. As Europeans, are we not entitled to respond to something like this with indignation, if not revulsion? Isn't it, after all, a ridiculous and humiliating situation? Are we really in a positing to continue enduring the whims of such...

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  • n.24 April 2009

    It's entirely possible the 20th century didn't end on December 31, 1999 but a decade ealier with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Its collapse put an end to ideologies that the twentieth century had inherited from the nineteenth, and which parties and mass movements depended on for their lifeblood. A large portion of Europe returned to the democratic fold. Western capitalism, in the absence of its longtime Communist nemesis, turned to glablization which seen in retrospect qwas in many ways characterized by greed and lawlessness. Common sense was beaten down. The economic and social consequences are being felt today. East's dossier examines the watershed year of 1989. Our coverage...

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  • n. 23 February 2009

    Though east is a bimonthly, two themes demand our full attention: the ongoing strife between Palestinians and Israelis and the global economic downturn, whose woeful effects began resonating in the wake of the American sub-prime mortgage crisis. On the delicate subject of the Middle East, we host an editorial by Venice mayor and philosopher Massimo Cacciari as well as an interview with Avraham Burg, the Israeli intellectual who along with Abraham Yehoshua and Amos Oz created Hatnua Hahadasha, or New Movement. The interview is by Marina Gersony.Regarding the economic crises, we examine it from an Asian perspective. How are the newly-invigorated Chinese and Indian economies coping? What...

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  • n.22 December 2008

    It is now obvious to everyone, even the most strenuous defenders of laissez-faire, that the major crisis caused by the subprime loans marks the end of an era.George Soros,one of the best-known and most outspoken financiers in the world, has talked about the need to correct the “unchecked capitalism”of the past twenty years. However, while the past is relatively clear,what awaits us “around the corner”is anything but clear.What do the nationalisation of some American and British banks and the injections of public capital into French, German and Italians banks presage? What development model is the new American President Barack Obama thinking of when he talks, for instance, of support for...

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  • n.21 October 2008

    Georgia’s military blitz in Ossetia and Russia’s heavy-duty armed response could have set the hands of history’s clock back by several years.Has the crisis been solved? Not yet and not definitively,at least not as  we go to press.eastdevotes two articles to the issue: Sergio Romano’s editorial and an exhaustive analysis by Piero Sinatti. Both writers start from the consideration that the information available to Western public opinion on  Russia is often piecemeal and one-sided: a strong and non-conformist approach that will certainly spark discussion. And discussion is precisely what is required in a world in which the concentration and manipulation of information could tame and...

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  • n.20 June 2008

    The topic of migration and policies to face these covers a rather consistent number of pages in this issue as well. Read the Dossiers with articles and interviews by Anna Iara, Andrzey Bratkowski, Donato Speroni, Matteo Ferrazzi, Josè Luis Rhi-Sausi, Fabrizio Coricelli, Elena Fenili and Francesca Nenci. Migration is also discussed in the third edition of the Venice Forum (June 12 and 13), which we will broadly summarize in the upcoming issue. Strictly connected, the topic on globalization and how to “manage” it, covered by Renato Ruggiero in his editorial. On Russia, a great contribution by Piero Sinatti who will try to anticipate scenarios of relations with America after the November...

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  • n.19 April 2008

    After the victory of Dimitri Medvedev in the presidential elections, Russia fixes its attention on the “four i’s”. As spelled out in Piero Sinatti’s article, the first “i” stands for the administrative and economic Institutions programmed for renewal. The second stands for Infrastructure. The third for Innovation and, finally, the fourth stands for Investments, both on the part of the State and of the private sector. The Medvedev-Putin team has targeted these four structural reforms to give Russia a new momentum and a new role. Fernando Orlandi instead examines “What is left of the Red Armada”, in an attempt to look into the credibility of Putin’s repeated militaristic warnings to the...

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  • n.18 February 2008

    The planet is in dire need of global governance to restore balance to a model of development that continues to penalize the world’s South, stem the trend towards environmental degradation, manage financial crises such as the subprime crisis, channel major migratory flows and rethink private and public ethics that reckon with the acquisitions and potential of science: except that the more public opinion becomes aware of the problem, the more the solution seems to move further away because of the short-sightedness and inconsistency of most of the world’s political leaders.What is to be done? Donato Speroni, James M. Boughton and Colin I. Bradford attempt a response to the question in the...

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  • n.17 December 2007

    Ten years ago, the Asian stock exchange crisis came as a healthy shock which taught both the stock exchanges of the famous Asian tigers as well as Western stock exchanges a great deal.What has changed and how is Asian finance structured today? That is the theme of this issue’s Dossier, co-ordinated by Stefano Chiarlone with contributions by Giovanni Adornino, Giovanni Ferri, Marco Lossani and Michael Plummer. And, in the background, the scenario of the new global balance, which economist Mario Deaglio comments on in a wide-ranging interview in the context of the 2007 report by the Luigi Einaudi Centre for Documentation and Research, titled Astride the Tiger. Europe, its present and future...

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  • n.16 October 2007

    What will the world be like in 2015? An inter-disciplinary team of U.N. experts has tried to answer the question. Donato Speroni illustrates the results of their work – to be taken with a pinch of salt, obviously, as with all projections – in the magazine's lead article on page 8.We discover, among other things, that the parameters used to draw up the Millennium Goals are no longer considered to be satisfactory: for example, they lack a way to measure how people's “happiness” levels vary. The cover is devoted to a very topical political and strategic issue: the state of U.S.-Russia relations. News articles in recent months have provided plenty of food for thought, which Piero Sinatti...

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  • n.15 June 2007

    Their names will not be familiar to the general public,just as the name of the troublesome journalist Anna Politkovskaya was a little-known one until she was killed. However, there are an ever-increasing number of cases of women leading the ranks of the opposition to dictatorial regimes in various parts of the world. In this issue of east, Farian Sabahi, an Iranian journalist who lives and works in Italy,got together with Anna Vanzan to compile profiles of four relatively new women “fighting back”:Salma Hadad,a doctor and university professor in Baghdad, Tahira Bilquis, a Pakistani lawyer, Salima Ghezali, an Algerian journalist, and Noushin Khorassani, an Iranian essayist.Their stories are...

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  • n.12 December 2006

    To put it simply, secularism is not another religion. Secularism is a method; an approach; a pre-condition that leaves people free to believe or not to believe, to practice one faith or another, and could even make it possible for religions themselves to compare themselves with each other and dialogue instead of battling (“Deus vult”) for supremacy.A free Church in a free State, in other words. Many secular people, but also many “enlightened” believers, identify with this interpretation of secularism – people such as Enzo Bianchi, founder and prior of the ecumenical Community of Bose and author of two books that go against current trends: La differenza cristiana (Einaudi) and Ero straniero...

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  • n.11 October 2006

    Work longer, work differently. The ageing society is a problem exploding throughout the world. A problem that, as noted in “The Economist” some time ago, is proving a difficult test for financial and welfare policy in all the countries of the world. One thing is certain: reducing social security expenses is not enough. The key lies in finding how to make the elderly socially productive. In the Dossier of this number of east, articles by Donato Speroni and Simone Cofferati discuss this problem from various points of view and, above all, report the most important experiences felt in Europe and worldwide. Tiziano Treu, the well-known jurist, Minister of Labor in the Dini government...

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  • n.60 July/August 2015

    THE AMATEUR The new issue of East is available from newsagents, bookshops and in digital format from July 1st. Cover The runaway train called Greece: about to derail or still on track? This modern Greek tragedy seen from a Greek and a European perspective. The possible repercussions of a Greek exodos are considered, alongside the reasons why the Country has got so out of control: the Greek ruling class and the major Greek tax evaders. Europe For how long will the continent that has been the cradle of modern civilisation keep thinking that it is under siege?  Will Europe manage to retain its civil outlook when faced with overwhelming immigration?While the "Dublin Wall" totters,...

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  • n.59 May/June 2015

    MIRACLE IN MILAN The new issue of East is at newsagents, bookshops and available in digital format from May 1st. Cover Feeding the Plant, Energy for Life, is an exercise in global citizenship now taking place in Milan. But it is also an Expo for Business, a unique opportunity for business matching. The economic repercussions of the Universal Expo. Europe Not united yet hardly divided, the parallel action of Merkel/Draghi is making headway and SuperMario's political stature is on the rise. The United Kingdom, currently lacking a centre of gravity, could be facing electoral fragmentation. On the Russian Rollercoaster, Ukraine is rushing headlong towards bankruptcy like a moth to a...

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  • n.58 March/April

    CORRECTION The article ‘The real Donald Tusk’, which appeared in EAST 58, mistakenly referred to Mr. Jan Krzysztof Bielecki as current CEO of Bank Pekao instead of former CEO of Bank Pekao. We apologize to Mr. Luigi Lovaglio, current CEO of Bank Pekao. HOLY WAR! The new issue of East is at newsagents, bookshops and available in digital format from March 1st. Cover The Charlie Effect explains why the clash between Islam and the West is all wrong. Isis is making money and the Oracular Web has no doubts on the crucial issues of 2015.Europe While Samantha and Rosetta explore the universe, East-West explains why closing the borders won't stem infiltration by Foreign Fighters. The...

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  • n.57 January/February 2015

    The new issue of East will be at newsstands, bookshops and ready for download from the 1st of January. Ebola comes from afar, an eye witness account from Africa by Médecins Sans Frontières. Vaccines and therapies are currently being developed. The social and economic impact of the virus on West Africa. Europe: Ireland after the crisis, Greenland’s black gold, bad luck hasn’t spared Britain’s Royal Family. The German army is on the retreat while military services are on sale in the Balkans, but the war on Isis is a cultural one. Ukraine is moving decidedly west, while France is just treading water. Italy launches a worldwide campaign against violence on women and in the meantime we await...

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  • n.56 november/december 2014

    Somebody call Rambo The new issue of East will be on newsstands, in bookshops and available in digital format from November 1st. We’re celebrating our 10th year of publication with fresh new graphics! cover: Obama, Rambo and an updated look at the American Empire - on the run or just shifting its bets? europe: our Middle Classes may be risking extinction - again. Mercenary sex is giving Germany a boost, while the UK chills out after a bout of Scottish referendum anxiety. Northern Ireland’s “Orange” loyalists can make a grudge last three hundred years, much less for a few decades... Poland knows how to cure the EU’s fading economy, and the Erasmus program attempts to transform young...

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  • n.55 September/October 2014

    The new issue of EAST Global Geopolitics at newsstands and bookshops from the first of September Sins of omission and Foreign Affairs: Romano Prodi and his military attaché, Gen. Giuseppe Cucchi, provide a fresh insight into the Western blunders in the Middle East that have unleashed the new (and very bloody) Caliphate phenomenon. A great future behind him? Barack Obama is having to come to terms with a drastic loss of popularity in the US, where in many polls his appeal has even dropped below that of George W. Bush. A European, Danilo Taino, and an American, Talbot Logan, offer different takes on the issue. With Mad Cow Disease, Avian Flu and Swine Fever we were only kidding. But now...

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  • n.54 July/August 2014

    The new issue of East Global Geopolitics is on sale at newsagents and bookshops in 21 countriesAfter the abdication of Juan Carlos of Spain, we look at a few modern day 'sovereigns': Turkey's Tayyip Erdoğan, criticized but apparently irreplaceable, the Hungarian Viktor Orbán, unloved abroad but hugely popular at home and the French Premier, François Hollande, unpopular most everywhere.To add perspective, there's also a portrait of Peter the Great, the first Emperor of "all the Russias." He taxed beards, tried to teach his countrymen good manners and conquered Crimea (the first time around).Hundreds of millions of voters have been called to elect their representatives to the Parliaments of...

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  • n.53 May/June 2014

    The new issue of East Global Geopolitics will be on newsstands and in bookshops from May 2.Our cover – “The Devil wears Putin” – is dedicated to the Russian President, one way or the other the man of the hour. The alternative to war in Ukraine – something no one wants nor can afford – is to end up “in bed with the devil”, according to the biting editorial by East’s publisher, Giuseppe Scognamiglio.The editor, James Hansen, notes that the annexation of Crimea definitively disproves the “McDonald’s Theory of Peace”, which holds that no two countries where the fast food chain is present can enter into armed conflict with one another. In the meantime, business is business: McDonalds pulls out,...

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  • n.52 march/april 2014

    The new issue of EAST Global Geopolitics is on sale at newsagents from March 1st. Prisoners of Destiny, editor-in-chief James Hansen finds the hand of geopolitical fate in many of the issues touched upon in our latest edition. Britain, an island both physically and metaphorically, seems never to be certain whether it is part of the European Union, while Europe itself appears unable to discard its historical doubts about Turkey, whose citizens still require a visa to travel within the EU. Germany, after 90 years, is still tormented by the collapse of the Mark during the Weimar Republic. France instead can’t seem to give up its dream of an African empire, much the way Iran hasn’t...

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  • n.51 January/February 2014

    East 51 will be on sale at newsagents from January 2nd with a new price - €8 - a new format and a new editor in chief, James Hansen, who aims to provide improved quality and an exclusive, original and surprising take on global geopolitics. East 51 introduces the new “Diplomacy” section which looks at the many changes overwhelming the Foreign Ministries and official diplomacies now having to compete with the “new diplomats” in NGOs, the major banks and the multinational corporations – with their less academic and more cutting edge methods…. In this issue Bill Emmott explains why the Economic Crisis is not just a question of money. And then, the European Union has Communications problems,...

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  • n. 50 november/december 2013

    East 50, at newsstands and bookshops from the 1st of November in a slimmer format and featuring important new content, hosts Sergio Romano’s views on the bungled expulsion of the wife of Kazakh dissident Muxtar Ablyazov and Sandro Gozi’s take on the upcoming European elections while Franco Bernabè weighs the risks of an Internet smothered by crime and espionage. BBC correspondent David Willey analyses the impact of the “Pop Pope”, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, and Peter de Vrai presents the speech Queen Elizabeth II would have given to announce a Soviet nuclear attack on her country. But that’s not all: get the inside story on the “blood brothers” of the Syrian civil war, Angela Merkel’s future...

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  • n.49 september/october 2013

    New champions is the title of east 49, available at newsagents, in pdf format or from Apple-stores from the 1st of September 2013.  Giuliano Amato explores potential ballot box dilemmas on the eve of the spring European: what new European Parliament can we expect? New Champions is the title of the dossier focusing on the so called BRICS  countries, the club of emerging nations, and on the new MIST upstarts. The new champions are rich and poor, tough and fragile, a melting pot of social and political contradictions that are currently being displayed on the squares and streets in these countries. It’s a global wager as we are told by the European Commission for Trade Karel De Gucht:...

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  • n.48 July/August 2013

    Tigers of the Orient is the title of east 48, available at newsagents, in pdf format or from applestore from the 1st of June 2013. Emma Bonino, Italian Foreign Affairs Minister and staunch European supporter, examines Europe today, its weak points and its potential. Themes that will be the subject of the east Forum in Rome which she will open on the 11th  of July. Tigers of the Orient is also the title of the dossier focusing on India and China, two giants that are currently dictating the pace of the planet’s growth. They are obliged to keep growing: ever so powerful yet dangerously fragile. The tiger and the elephant: a comparison of the two country’s great successes but also fearful...

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  • n.47 May/June 2013

    The Last Show is the title of EAST 47, available at newsagents, pdf and on apple-store from the 1st of May 2013. The Last Show is also the title of the focus report on Europe, near and far, the known and lesser known sides. From the Dangerous Games in Brussels and Frankfurt to the Sworn Virgins of Albania, the God of Managers and the Romani Princesses for sale. As we are reminded by Renato Ruggiero and Giuseppe Scognamiglio in their editorial, Europe's more than just Euros while the Brussels Notebook takes a look at the rules of the game. From Russia to Cyprus, Ireland to Turkey, Spain to Slovenia, Greece to Hungary… Europe’s seen through eye witness accounts, analyses, reports, voices...

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  • n. 46 March/April 2013

    Arab Winter is the title of east No.46, available in newsagents, online and from the apple-store from today, the 1st of March. This new issue of east is the first of the new version of the magazine with its novel graphic and editorial approach. East starts off the year with a Report on the repercussions of the Arab Spring on certain Middle Eastern countries: Tunisia, Morocco, Libya, Egypt, Qatar, Syria and Iran. The Dossier features articles by important Italian and international commentators who provide a detailed and well-documented analysis of the achievements, disappointments and issues raised by the Middle Eastern revolts which began in 2011. These countries are described through...

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  • n.45 December 2012

    In this issue we publish a series of reports on the increasingly complex global issue of waste management and disposal titled The Smell of Money. Massive dumping has become a lucrative business, with Asia and Africa becoming the planet’s favorite landfill sites. We open reporting with Simone Pieranni’s “Taking out the Trash 2.0,” with photos by Luigi Baldelli. Next up is Bruno Perini’s report on a different kind of waste, online data dumps that allow hackers access to sensitive personal information. Pietro Veronese probes the darker side of Steve Jobs’ Apple legacy, which includes acres of iWaste, while Karima Moual and Eduardo Di Blasi look at how garbage has fouled Morocco and Naples,...

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  • n.44 October 2012

    You’ll find novelist Jack Kerouac’s familiar words “On the Road” leading off our October issue. To us, the road has two separate and distinct destinations. In our Dossier section, we cover the plight of migrant workers worldwide, while in American Snapshot section we examine aspects of American foreign policy as the United States prepares to go to the polls in an electoral battle that pits sitting President Barack Obama against Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The mention of Kerouac is hardly incidental, not with the release of Walter Salles’ recent film that attempts to recreate the seminal novel that suggests the idea of travel as a geographical form of self-discovery. Westerners...

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  • n.43 July 2012

    It’s time again for our summer issue, which we traditionally devote to in-depth reports and travel writing. Our cover image is a lead-in to several reports on India, a nation trapped between hyper- modern urges and enduring rural traditions. After years of growth, India’s economy has witnessed a major slowdown. We take time out to examine its present and future. Italian Carlo Pizzati, a longtime Indian resident, supplies a longtime “Open Letter” to the country, in which he sings its praises but also issues cautions. As always, we pay close attention to Europe, with our “Western Shore” and “Eastern Shore” columns probing trends throughout the continent. Giuseppe Scognamiglio offers a sharp...

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  • n.42 June 2012

    Recent news dictates that our June issue be dedicated to Russia, where President Vladimir Putin has begun his third term in office amid considerable skepticism and growing public doubt. The Return of the Tsar is the title we’ve given to this issue’s Dossier section, which opens with an exhaustive report from Astrit Dakli, a longtime student of Russia. Dakli analyzes the presidential election, probes the Kremlin’s international agenda, and studies Moscow’s relations with former Soviet states. Dakli’s insights are followed by statistical information about the Russian mood supplied by the Levada Institute and Flavio Fusi’s examination of the key role the online world is playing in animating...

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  • n.41 April 2012

    East41’s Dossier is titled Chinese Shadows. Each of its reports is directly tied to the complex life and times of the world’s second-largest economic power. We preview the coming Communist Party Congress and anticipate some of the major changes expected at the top, predictable but still intriguing. We also examine economic growth and investment, focusing on the country’s riveting array of contradictions and social contrasts. Claudia Astarita gives readers an exhaustive look at impending changes within the secretive Chinese executive, while Antonio Barbangelo probes China’s widening portfolio of foreign investments. Francesco Sisco examines Beijing’s ties with Europe while Simone Pieranni...

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  • n.40 February 2012

    A close look at the first 40 issues of “east” shows the extent of the  transformation that’s occurred in the countries of greatest interest to our magazine. China, India, Russia, Turkey,  and Eastern Europe: Just about every geographical area in our purview has  witnessed dramatic change in recent years, most of which has had an effect on Italy and its neighbors. “East” has also changed. With this issue comes a leaner, tighter look, but one  that’s richer than ever in in-depth reports and columns intended to better illustrate  the workings of the world in which we live, including its evolution and crises. The year 2012 offers a dense political agenda, including Russia’s presidential ...

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  • n.39 December 2011

    Calling German Chancellor Angela Merkel “Frau Europe” is no compliment. Merkel is now the packhorse in any debate regarding the future of the crisis-stricken euro. In real terms, what “Frau Merkel” means is that Europe has no future without Germany as its linchpin. Until summer 2010, it’s possible Germany may not have been aware of what lay ahead, hypnotized instead by the political blame-game in which all of Europe’s problems could be placed at the feet of lying Greeks, inconsistent Portuguese, and chaotic Italians. The French certainly had no idea, preferring to airbrush their economic shortcomings while overstating the reach of the Berlin-Paris axis. The Finns and the Slovaks didn’t...

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  • n.38 October 2011

    It's far too early to take definitive stock of the outcome of the political and social processes triggered by the fall of the Soviet Union.  Many Soviet republics are independent states whose political landscape is in flux. There’s no final word on their futures. In September, pro-Russian parties won out in Lithuanian elections. Meanwhile, Russia’s own situation is also fluid, as the many Levada Institute studies published in “east” continue to show. The substance of the relationship between Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitri Medvedev poised for a role reversal next year, remains uncertain, as we pointed out at length in our last issue. But the longer Russian indecision...

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  • n.37 July 2011

    That Europe is prisoner of myopia and the low caliber of its ruling class is a poorly kept secret. But who could have foreseen that Greece’s sovereign debt crisis would be handled so abominably? A problem that could have been nipped in the bud with a relatively modest financial outlay – postponing the applying of newer, stricter administrative rules to a later date – was instead transformed into a Moloch capable of eating Europe alive. Meanwhile, all the actors in the drama put on a play worthy of theater of the absurd, with reach character dutifully reciting a script directed at their individual electorates, playing the role of the virtuous or the pragmatic, the hardcore or the flexible,...

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  • n.36 June 2011

    It wasn’t easy to tackle the Japanese crisis so soon after the event itself. With the intensity of 21st-century media coverage, finding subjects that haven’t been covered is challenging. At the same time, we we wanted to dig a little deeper: the earthquake, tsunami and its effects on nuclear power were simply too compelling to bypass. But instead of playing outsiders looking in, we instead asked insiders to tell us what it was like on the ground. In this issue you’ll find reports brave, interesting and believable reports from Stefano Carrer, Simone Pieranni and Diana Santini. Their views, supported by exclusive photos from Paola Ghirotti, represent the meat of our Dossier section. You’ll...

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  • n.35 April 2011

    We close this issue without knowing what the unfolding warin Libya will yield. But we couldn’t fail to take note of the profound changes occurring in the southern Mediterranean. We askedjournalists who know the region to reflect on the significance of the events so far and to speculate as best they could on the future. Only time will tell if they were on the mark. In that vein, cordial thanks to “Sole24Ore” correspondent Ugo Tramballi for his insights. His reflection on the wider significance of events in North African and the Middle East opens our Dossier section. Thanks are also due to Anthony Dworkin of the European Council on Foreign Relations, who attempts to track the European...

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  • n.34 February 2011

    Moscow's Levada Institute, which is run by Lev Gudkov,has over the years provided a treasure trove of vitals statistics regarding Russian trends, most published exclusively in east.The trend continues in this issue, which sees Levada focus its attention on how the world of the former Soviet Union perceives the 21st century West. Though some of the results are predictable, if not clichéd (considered myth-induced views of Western efficiency), what's striking instead is the widespread resentment, even among youth. Many Russians apparently consider themselves unjustly penalized by their own backwardness, as if it the condition had been imposed by foreign conspirators. Our Dossier focuses on...

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  • n.33 December 2010

    Readers of east know that unlike many media outlets we document the road less traveled. We’ve always taken a critical approach to probing the stains on the carpet of the globalized map. We’ve tried to put intelligence and reason ahead of gut responses. But some situations tax even the heartiest sobriety. Consider the female teens forced into bonded labor, a practice known as the sumangali system, in southern India. Though illegal since 1961, traditional dowry protocols remain powerful. Relatives of the bride must turn over cash to the bridegroom’s family ahead of a wedding. In small villages, most poor families can’t raise the needed money. As a result, young women are often forced to work...

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  • n.32 October 2010

    Where to, Turkey? The question forms the backbone of the report that leads this issue. Is the country headed toward Europe or instead falling back into Islam’s waiting embrace? If the latter, what kind of Islam will Turkey ultimately choose, the moderate interpretation embraced by incumbent Prime Minister Recep Erdogan or the more troubling Iranian or Pakistani model? The questions came up in diplomatic and mass media circles both before and after the Sept. 12 referendum, in which Turkey approved measures intended to bring it closer to the European Union. In the clearheaded view of Turkish political analyst Soli Ozel that we publish on these pages, Western fretting lacks foundation. For...

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  • n.31 July 2010

    This issue sees east head south. Wojciech Jagielski traces the history of the windy prison island where Nelson Mandela was once held captive while Donata Columbrowrites about Burkina Faso,a laboratory racial and religious co-existence. This issue also marks an editorial turning point for the magazine. We’ll now be publishing six times a week instead of five. Time and your feedback will tell us if we did the right thing. As a result of the change, we’ve decided to produce a somewhat unorthodox issue. We focus on special reports and travel pieces, maintaining only two of our regular features, namely “Out of This World” and “Recommended Reading.” We also purchased the rights to three reports...

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  • n.30 June 2010

    Europe screeched to a halt a few feet from the brink.Facing an onslaught of international financial speculation, Europe's political class waited until mid-May to do what it should have done months ago, when the now-raging Greek crisis was just a blip on the radar screen. What matters now, or, better said, once the crisis abates, is that the conduct of European affairs doesn't return to business as usual. If there's one certainty in a global world fraught with instability, it's that Europe can play a significant international role only if it succeeds in making a qualitative leap in the way it handles governance.Given the Greek dilemma, the theme of the euro and its prospects dominate this...

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  • n.6 october 2005

    Can we find salvation in the “thermodynamic solar” project, occupying Nobel laureate Carlo Rubbia in Spain, given that Italy hasn’t come up with either sponsors or resources? The international scientific community is very careful not to make a direct link between the greenhouse effect and the hurricanes devastating the United States and Asia. But the suspicion that this is precisely what’s happening is fast catching on, as can be seen in articles in the leading international press reproduced in the section “Points of View” (page 143). But scientists are instead quite clear that the Kyoto Protocol, despite its limitations, is currently the only political response to global warming. If all...

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  • n.5 July 2005

    The setback of the referenda on the draft of the European Constitution in France and Holland was not unexpected and can thus set off a beneficial rethinking. Mario Monti and Sergio Romano had discussed it in previous issues of the review and Giovanni Moro is writing about it now. The former addressed the problem from the citizens’ point of view in the editorial, the latter focused on the status of the finances of the Union. On his part, in a long interview on various themes, among which Europe, the laic Jew Moni Ovadia underlines that too little has been done to favour a European culture. Intending for culture cinema, theatre, visual arts… Ovadia, a borderless artist, used to dialogue...

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  • n.3 February 2005

    A full field defence of the great accomplishments of the Union. But without hiding the difficulties of the moment: what should be done if one or more countries do not ratify the new Constitution? In an exclusive interview with east, Mario Monti, ex-European Competition Commissioner, proposes that government leaders be the organisers of a second-round vote. A second vote that would verify once and for all, wherever the Constitution should not pass, that country’s desire to stay in Europe, or not. In or out. An example? If the English were called to the polls today, their answer would surely be negative. The widespread anti-European prejudices on the popular level and the substantial...

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  • n.2 ottobre 2004

     L’accordo politico è stato raggiunto, in extremis, a fine giugno. Dal 29 ottobre ci sono anche i sigilli in ceralacca. Quale che sia il giudizio di merito, il Trattato costituzionale europeo è diventato un punto di non ritorno. Lo scrivono Renato Ruggiero, nell’editoriale che apre questo secondo numero di east, ma lo affermano anche Sergio Romano e Stefano Rodotà: il primo focalizzandosi sul ruolo decisamente ambiguo dell’Inghilterra, il secondo mettendo a confronto il sistema di garanzie europeo con la ben più collaudata democrazia americana. Collaudata, ma “ineguale”, rileva Sidney Verba, professore ad Harvard, uno dei maggiori scienziati politici contemporanei. Citando Thomas H....

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  • n.1 luglio 2004

    Cari lettori, sfogliare una nuova rivista è un dovere civico. Leggerla è un optional: dipende dal fatto di riuscire o meno a resistere agli sbadigli che inevitabilmente si accompagnano ai roboanti proclami del primo numero. Cercheremo, quindi, di non fornirvi alibi né appigli. east è una rivista internazionale di economia, politica e cultura (l’ordine degli addendi è solo in parte casuale). east è un acronimo ma è anche un manifesto: Europe and Asia Strategies, appunto. east nasce da un’alchimia sicuramente fortuita e fors’anche un po’ stravagante. Una Banca (UniCredito Italiano), che crede non nella “responsabilità sociale” in generale ma nella propria “responsabilità sociale”. Un...

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  • n. 14 April 2007

    There are two reasons why we have chosen to put Angela Merkel on the cover. The first, as the title (Climate? I care) indicates, was inspired by the role the German Chancellor has played in the adoption of the first consistent European plan to reduce emissions. The second relates to the relaunching of the European Union 50 years after it was formed. The Dossier (with contributions by Donato Speroni, Fiorella Kostoris, Marzio Galeotti, Antonio Barbangelo, Noè Van Hulstand Simone Cofferati) and the editorial by Renato Ruggiero, who is collaborating closely with the Prodi government in this regard, aredevoted to these two aspects. Going beyond evaluations of the merit of the two projects,...

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  • N.13 February 2007

    Leafing through the latest issue of east, readers will immediately note two changes. The first is that we’re now in color. The second that we’ve crossed the 200-page threshold. Both suggest we’re in fine health. The magazine is acquiring its share of applause and respect from movers and shakers in worlds of culture, economics, politics and media. While newsstand sales are stable (hindered by high advertising costs), bookstore sales are up, as are subscriptions. These factors led to the decision to adopt a full color format without sacrificing contents or skimping on paper quality, now a commonplace among publications. This issue’s Dossier focuses on India, using a non-conformist...

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  • n.10 June 2006

    “A new reason for Europe” is the title of the first Venice Forum promoted by east, the Fondazione Venezia 2000, Venice City Hall and UniCredit. The Forum will be held at the Palazzo Ducale on 22 and 23 Ju- ne. Our objective, together with the other organisers, is to turn the Forum into an annual opportunity to analyse and discuss the process of European integration. Europe is the theme of the editorial by Tito Boeri as well as the Dossier of this issue of the magazine. Details of the Forum programme and participants can be found on page 158. Key speakers at the event will include Italy’s new Home and Foreign Ministers, respectively Giuliano Amato and Massimo D’Alema; Vice President...

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  • n.9 April 2006

    Scheduled to take place on 22 and 23 June at the Palazzo Ducale in Venice, the first Forum on the process of European enlargement is being promoted by east, the Venice 2000 Foundation, UniCredit and the City of Venice. Called “Una nuova ragione per l’Europa” (A new reason for Europe), the event will be held annually; the participants will include politicians, economists, intellectuals and journalists in the old as well as the so-called New Europe. The name has not been chosen at random: the objective of Europe’s founding fathers, “Never again shall there be wars among us”, has been reached and the task is now to identify the pillar that will support the Union in the next phase....

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  • n.4 May 2005

    “German Groups Shun Russia,” was the headline in the “Financial Times” on 8 April. The article explained that doubts about Vladimir Putin’s real intentions for reform are causing stagnation in direct investments, while overall German investments, including the portfolio ones, are actually in decline. Therefore, east’s cover title is not just an attention grabber: both Europe and the United States share perplexities about the new Russia’s prospects, as was evident in the latest summit between Bush and Putin in Bratislava. That’s why we have dedicated this issue’s Dossier to Russia, asking authoritative experts in various disciplines (from Piero Sinatti to Fernando Orlandi, from Olga...

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