n.62 November/December 2015
MERKEL AT LAST !
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.
Read some of this issue's articles in full
by Paolo Gentiloni
On 10/12 December, the MED-Rome Mediterranean Dialogues conference aims to help revive the...
by Cristiano Tinazzi
The Rodnovery stand once more behind their swastika. They’ve taken up arms to fight the Kiev...
by Rudolf Bauer
There were seven jubilees, including three extraordinary ones, in the 20th century. The pope has...
by Lorenzo Vai
Italy opts for polygamous unions. But Europe's not too keen.
by Fabrizio Goria
Interview with Nicolas Vèron, senior member of the Bruegel think tank and professor at the...
Articles in this issue.
by Gli editori
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.
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.
by Romano Prodi e Giuseppe Cucchi
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.