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 of the European Parliament Pierre Moscovici, the Vice President of the European Commission, Margot Wallstrom; economists André Sapir, Francesco Giavazzi and Fabrizio Onida and UniCredit CEO Alessandro Profumo as well as Renato Ruggiero, Sergio Romano, Massimo Cacciari and many other political, economic and cultural personalities. The Venice Forum is open to all and east readers are obviously more than welcome to attend.

The following features in this issue deserve a special mention: the wideranging contribution of Olivier J. Blanchard and Francesco Giavazzi on the Chinese economy, the interview of economic historian Giulio Sapelli on the subject of Pier Paolo Pasolini and the features on glocalist leaders Massimo della Porta (Saes Getter) and Fabrizio Lori (Nuova Pansac). Finally, we’d like to invite our readers’ attention to Monika Bulaj’s photo portfolio on Jerusalem Lost... in the feminine. Paolo Rumiz amply prefaces the portfolio.

Due to the large number of articles and the consequent lack of space, we have had to postpone the Letters section to a forthcoming issue: our sincerest apologies to our readers. 


The process of European integration came to an abrupt halt with the French and Dutch referendums and is unlikely to get going again before the Germany Presidency of the Union in the spring of 2007, as Renato Ruggiero explains in this issue of east. But the process of European economic integration continues. It is unstoppable.

Globalisation raises the problem of the methods used to process data in individual countries and in their reciprocal relations. The current systems use criteria that are scientifically and often politically different and debatable, as Enrico Giovaninni, the OECD’s chief statistician, says while offering a few solutions.

A backward journey on the route walked by early Christians, with a notebook and a camera on the tracks of a possible coexistence. One between East and West, between different cultures and religions, Islam and Judaism. In those places where elsewhere conflicting monotheism generate, surprisingly, spaces of cohabitation.

The reduction of household savings. An increase in the supply of servic- es, particularly health services. Currency appreciation. But if no decisive steps are taken in regard to these factors, the Chinese economy will continue to grow in an unbalanced manner. And the problem will then no longer concern the economy of the Asian giant alone; it will also have repercussions on the entire global economy.

Have contributed to this issue:
Antonio Barbangelo
Tito Boeri
Aldo Bonomi
Olivier J. Blanchard
Monika Bulaj
Massimo Cacciari
Carmelina Carluzzo
Cinzia Carnevale
Stefano Chiarlone
Elena Fenili
Aldo Ferrari
Francesco Giavazzi
Cristina Giuliano
Andrea Goldstein
Carlotta Magnanini
Marco Montanari
Fernando Orlandi
Debora Revoltella
Renato Ruggiero
Paolo Rumiz
Silvia Sartori
Giuseppe Scognamiglio
Piero Sinatti
Donato Speroni
Guido Vigna
Vittorio Borelli