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, which are of course necessary, one thing is certain: Angela Merkel is demonstrating a determination and leadership capacity that Europe has not witnessed for a long time.
The geo-political articles by Piero Sinatti and Giorgio S. Frankel are extremely interesting. Sinatti looks at a hitherto relatively unpublicised aspect of Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy, i.e. relations with the Middle East. Frankel, for his part, analyses the race towards nuclear rearmament on the part of the U.S. as well as Russia and China: a worrying scenario that is worth re-examining in the coming months. As regards the economy, east has previewed a few chapters of a book on China by Alessia Amighini and Stefano Chiarlone. Another article worth mentioning is the one on the first European charter on the rights of sick people. Written by Giovanni Moro, the article anticipates the actual charter drafted by various Europeanassociations and institutions.
Finally, two different but undoubtedly original cultural contributions: an excursus by Massimo Libardi into the great Mitteleuropean philosophy and a profile of the anthropological journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski, who passed away in January this year, by Monika Bulaj and Paolo Rumiz.
“For centuries Europe has been an idea, holding out hope of peace and understanding. That hope has been fulfilled… European integration shows that we have learned the painful lessons of a history marked by bloody conflicts”. Those are the stirring opening words of the Berlin declaration approved by the 27 Heads of State and Government of the EU Member Nations and signed by the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Parliament. The words are not rhetorical; they express the wish for a realistic union of the past with the situation actually existing in Europe today.
THE KIDS IN THE LAST ROW Every country has the “worsts” that it deserves. For example, in our own little world, we Italians have the “Tapiro d’Oro” (Golden Tapir), while Americans have their “Razzies”, as the Golden Raspberry Awards are affectionately referred to…
There is a philosophical tradition, generically defined as “Mitteleuropean philosophy”, which is difficult to find in manuals. It is, therefore, a “forgotten tradition”. It is not a school since Mitteleuropean philosophy does not have the characteristics of a “school”. Of course there are authors like Franz Brentano, Edmund Husserl and Kazimierz Twardowski who are considered its “fathers”, and some texts, such as Logical Investigations by Husserl…
The consequences of climate change do not only concern the configuration of our world. The effects can also be seen on the economy, rights, political and strategic balances etc. So, while experts make ever more dramatic appeals, there are those who ponder the possibility of investing in and making money from the business of catastrophes. Others are seeking new solutions to the greenhouse effect, like Noè Van Hulst, director of the International Energy Agency, who is convinced that the new generation of nuclear energy is safer and less polluting than other energy sources. As for Wolfgang Sachs, a researcher at the WuppertalI institut..