N.13 February 2007

The most recent authoritative voice was that of Angela Merkel. “The Economist” is turning it into a real campaign. The issue of creating “European Champions” is animating the economic debate and is becoming part of the political agenda, not only of Brussels but of the individual countries in the Union. But what does it really mean? Is it correctto speak of a European industrial policy?

Does an “economy of Islam” exist, with unique rules and characteristics? One of America’s leading scholars explains that the very notion of an “economy of Islam” is simplistic and contradictory and falls short of the challenges of modern economics. Fortunately, he adds, only a minority of Muslims are inclined to believe in such a doctrine, in a part of the world where economic development is disorganized and the distribution of wealth is anything but fair.

There’s a diaspora no-one ever mentions. The scattered community of gypsies from the former Yugoslavia. The odyssey of men and women with no nation and no escape, chased away by everyone, looked on as enemies because they refused to kill or take sides. A million orphans from a State that no longer exists, with no other safe country to go to, either in or outside Europe.


Curry, Tandoori and Sauvignon. The cult of Bacchus has arrived in the land of sacred cows. Six years after the ban that prohibited its sale (often circumvented through enigmatic diplomatic channels) Indians are discovering a new business: wine. Demand is growing, wine-producing companies are growing and above all, the well-to-do portion of the population which simply can’t do without Westernisation, with regard to gastronomy in particular, is also growing.