We resume our news bulletins, by reviewing the situation in Italy, which is still pretty much on holiday, and in Europe, while attempting to make sense of the sudden peak in madness of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un.
redazione • Monday, 04 September 2017 09:19
Optimistic considerations on the possibility of solving the problems that have afflicted Europe in recent months. Though perhaps the prevailing holiday mood could be partly to blame. See you in September. GiuseppeThe European summer... Brussels can afford to smile. The economic recovery in Europe continues, and the crises that had blighted the last summers, from the Greek economic situation to the refugee crisis, may have not been completely overcome, but seem to be pretty much under control. From Berlaymont Palace, Juncker can look to the future with a touch of optimism, though there are plenty of challenges still in the offing. The latest Eurostat figures see the community GDP growing by 0.6% in the second quarter (+2.2% compared to the same period of 2016); and unemployment has also dropped down to 7.7%, the lowest level since December 2008. The last report by Eurobarometer, published last week, sees citizen's support for the European institutions and the single currency rising, with 68% of interviewees claiming they feel they are European citizens, the largest figure ever recorded. The Italian strategy in Libya to slow the migratory flow is starting to produce results, with a drop in landings over the last month and a half – a detail that could be auspicious for the next Italian political elections in the spring and have some bearing on the future of the EU. After the summer, the Brexit negotiations will come into their own. For the time being they seem to have done nothing more than consolidate the European front. In autumn, along with the German elections, we can expect a compromise between the French and German governments on eurozone governance, with the need to both pool resources and reduce risk. Relations with the EU's troublesome duo, Poland and Hungary shall once again come to the fore. In the meantime Russia is preparing for a huge military exercise to take place in September which has the Baltic Republics and Nato a little concerned. In September Juncker will also be giving his state of the Union address. A year after warning that the EU had an existential crisis on its hands, the Union today seems much more self-assured, and Juncker, and our weekly bulletins, can now afford to take 10 days off and look to September with bolstered confidence. @GiuScognamiglio
Giuseppe Scognamiglio • Monday, 14 August 2017 10:29
Here are a couple of items to peruse to avoid getting too bored under our beach umbrella: a few considerations that help shed some light on the Venezuelan chaos and the state of play in various countries' attempts to lure the European agencies currently headquartered in London. Pleasant reading and happy holidays.
GIUSEPPE SCOGNAMIGLIO • Monday, 07 August 2017 14:02
These are the last news flashes before the summer break in this extended format. During the break, I'll restrict my comments to the main international events.
GIUSEPPE SCOGNAMIGLIO • Monday, 31 July 2017 09:54
Elections in spring 2018 Saturday July 1st, during the course of his state visit to Canada, the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, cleared the table of any thought of early elections, stating that the legislation will reach its natural conclusion and political elections will be held between February and early spring 2018.
GIUSEPPE SCOGNAMIGLIO • Monday, 10 July 2017 10:04
Tension between China and the US The G20 summit in Hamburg, on July 6 and 7, was preceded by a taut diplomatic exchange between the US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. The two had a telephone appointment on Tuesday July 3, but the leader of the White House ordered a US Navy destroyer to sail just a few miles off Triton, an island in the Paracel archipelago on which the Chinese have set up a military base.
Giuseppe Scognamiglio • Monday, 10 July 2017 09:42