n.62 November/December 2015


The new issue of East is at newsagents, in bookshops and available in digital format on November 2nd.


"We can make it" claims Angela Merkel, raising the curtain on a new chapter in German hospitality which immediately goes 'viral': and she's voted personality of the year in  a poll among East readers shortly after the momentous statement.

The central figures of this historical turning point are the Syrian refugees whose  resilience and vitality can provide Europe with an opportunity to build a shared political self-awareness.


The economic and cultural geography of the Mediterranean will be the focus of the MED Mediterranean Dialogues Conference in Rome in December. On the eastern cost of the Mediterranean, in Antalya, Turkey will be hosting the G20 conference as rotating president for the very first time.

Climate and energy are major issues of debate at the Paris COP21 meeting in December.

While the Vatican celebrates another Extraordinary Jubilee in Rome and the Pagans are stirring and getting organised in Ukraine, Italians turn out to be more European than their institutions in a poll on gender equality.


Now in its second year,the Caliphate seems to have developed international 'complexes': a yearning for recognition and political ambitions.

The agreement on a new national unity government was reached by the warring factions in Libya, only to be disavowed shortly afterwards, in a climate in which peace seems a long way off.

It's a free for all in Afghanistan: the Taliban are fighting IS while the police clash with the military as all do their worst amid the general mayhem.

In the meantime Brazil is knee deep in corruption and Argentina turns to Peronism once more. Will it manage to move on this time?


An analysis of the complex heritage that Barack Obama, the United States' 44th President will leave behind, after two terms marked by his charismatic, innovative yet elastic leadership.


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The survey we carried out among our readership to identify which personality in the realm of politics or economics had most influenced international events in 2015 singled out Angela Merkel (over 40% of votes), followed by the ‘Syrian refugee’ (32%) and Pope Francis, Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi with 8% each.


Emergencies are no place for innovation, but without a political vision that can see beyond merely defensive stopgaps, the demographic revolution now underway can only result in social mayhem.

“We can manage this”, claims Angela Merkel, an immigrant herself 25 years ago from the GDR and now considered the most powerful woman in the world.

To better welcome refugees, we must get to know them, where they’re fleeing from and why.

Immigration policies change to protect migrants and safeguard the countries welcoming them.

Juncker’s State of the Union address

On 9 September, Jean-Claude Juncker gave his first State of the Union address before the European parliament in Strasbourg.

According to the results of the latest Eurobarometer poll, immigration – and not the economy or unemployment – is what has Europeans most preoccupied. In this edition, our fact checkers examine some of the statements made in Europe with regard to refugees and economic recovery. 

French foreign policy is focusing most of its energies on global issues .

On 10/12 December, the MED-Rome Mediterranean Dialogues conference aims to help revive the economic and cultural geography of the ‘Middle Sea’.

The planet must be managed in a much more co-ordinated and joint way than today. Clean energy will be the focus.

Amid internal and external tensions, Ankara sees a good opportunity to start afresh go to waste.

Ambition and vocation fuel a yearning for symmetry and a believable image. The Middle Kingdom has no interest in aggression, but don't taunt it.

Recent elections in Portugal have given rise to a minority conservative government, but a few left-wing parties have also made inroads. Political instability is growing.

The Rodnovery stand once more behind their swastika. They’ve taken up arms to fight the Kiev government.

There were seven jubilees, including three extraordinary ones, in the 20th century. The pope has declared an extraordinary jubilee dedicated to mercy set to begin in December.

Italy opts for polygamous unions. But Europe's not too keen.