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 with other ethnic groups and cultures, suggests precise proposals about this matter. In any case, the fact that Europe is a reality that is contradictory but irreversible was demonstrated again by an incident that struck the attention of the mass media throughout the world in recent weeks: the acquisition of the Hypovereinsbank, the second largest bank in Germany, by UniCredito Italiano. This transaction is significant both because it is the first major cross border European merger and because it involves Old European banks that are very active in Central and Eastern Europe. Once again, the markets are breaking down the barriers and showing politics which road to follow. No obstacle is insurmountable if one has the courage to take risks.
Some articles deal with the problem of delocalization and internationalization by means of an unusual research by the Nord Est Foundation, commented by Aldo Bonomi and Daniele Marini with two successful entrepreneurs, Zobele and Garulli, and a group of industrialists operating in Romania. The other major topic addresses in this issue of east is that of poverty.A complex topic that involves a variety of aspects: such as the human, political, economic and institutional. The review seeks to shed light on it with articles by Renato Ruggiero, Boris Banchieri, Jeffrey Sachs, Josè Luis Rhi-Sausi, Donato Speroni, Giulio Marcon and Gaetano Ferrieri.
Special attention is devoted to the powder keg of the Urals, with contributions from Piero Sinatti and Giovanni Bensi.
When reading the comments made immediately after the deadly blow delivered by the French and the Dutch to the project of a constitutional treaty, the issue concerning the relationship between European institutions and citizens emerges as one of the very few elements of certainty and large consensus. I realize that this statement concerning the referendum does not hold much ground; but in a case like this, looking at things more closely can be useful.
The distribution of local economies in the global markets brings out ethnocentric trends. And we realize that cultural elements also play a key role in the production system. Therefore marketing turns to anthropology for assistance in understanding markets, developing and modifying instruments and techniques of analysis. and we realize that also small players…
Is “Copyright” dying? Is a new age of “Copyleft” beginning? And if this is the future, what is in store for intellectual property and the economic equilibrium of millions of companies? A journey through the new rules of the Net. The Wu Ming, between experiences of their own and of others, appear to have a lot to say on the topic... Is the future of books’ pubblishing destined to change?
Are we really on the verge of a profound transformation of the UN? Very little is known in Europe and Italy about the scope of the reform proposals presented by Kofi Annan. It has been turned into a petty power play for an extra seat on the Security Council. Indeed, even the epochal problem of poverty…
The plan to reform the Security Council under discussion seems very unlikely to change the current system. A serious reform should instead be based on reality and on the principles that inspired the Charter. The reality is a world constantly dealing with conflicts, aggression and the potential flashpoints of international crises.
Has the bank of international justice failed? In the past, the weak demonstrated an ability to stop the operation of the powerful by means of a massive appeal to universal values. Excellent examples of this are Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. But the poor cannot expect the rich to initiate the fight for justice. And if the world democracies of the poor world make their voices heard ...
With 40,000 associations, 10 million organisations and 19 million employees, the Non Profit is the eighth world economy. Before Spain, Russia and Canada. But a consistent part of this world has lost its autonomy and is yielding to the logics of the dominant powers.
Some of them are truly committed, others just pretend, but, in any case, it is important to talk about it. Blair and Chirac, Bono and Schumacher, governments and spokespersons under the professional lens of the director of CeSPI.
WORKERS 3: The number of additional weeks worked per year in the countries of the new Europe, compared to the nations of the West. The hardest working: 43.3 hours per week for Latvians, 43.1 for the English, 41.8 for Romanians, 41.5 for Poles, 41.3 for Slovenians, 41 for the Greeks.