January/February 2016


From the 2nd of January at newsagents, bookshops and in digital format the new Eastwest!


'Fearless', dialogue and growthversus panic and terrorism, these are the recipes of Pope Francis' Jubilee of Mercy and Mario Draghi's quantitative easing.

Many paths lead to Europe in this upcoming New Year. Not only its management and intelligence communitybut the whole of Europe's civic society is going to be put to the test, seeing as it has greater power and responsibility than it imagines.


Integration also has its roots in History, through the acknowledgement of the different identities and their needs, which can be at odds. Western and Eastern Europe, now united yet so different, Cities and Suburbs, so close yet so distant, this is where the hard task of integration must begin and include the new arrivals, hailing from other cultures and contexts, butin all cases the formula can't be all that different.

Can macro-economics and the free market provide the kind of regulatory machinery required to stem the centripetal disintegration promoted by vested interests?


Anyone wishing to fuel their global aspirations hopes to get their hands on theAfrican treasure: Putin's Russia is hot on the trail.

Al-Sisiwould be prepared to cut a deal but Egypt seems to be slipping through his fingers.

Being Taiwan is by no means simple… in January they cast their ballots, with China looking on…

While in Colombia they're still having to deal with anti-personnel mines, corruption and vested interests  arethe worst enemies of emerging nations Chile and Indonesia.


The Syria there once was… when regional détente was still in place. Now there's a pressing need fora new order in the Middle East. The Syrians will clearly have to decide their own fate, but it's still not clear who will "oversee" this process, now that the United States have downsized their presence and involvement in the area.


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After 11 years as East, we felt the time had come to make the challenge we face clearer even in the magazine’s title: to offer a convincing interpretation of international affairs on a global scale and not necessarily with an oriental bias. Wherever a war is raging or a trade deal is being signed, the impact of today’s events cross national boundaries at the speed of the web, from east to west, north to south.

Against supposedly ‘Islamic’ terrorism, political, economic and military action is required. A solution to the Syrian crisis can no longer be postponed, while the European phenomenon of the foreign fighters needs addressing.

Mercy and financial science: while Draghi cuts interest rates, Bergoglio remits sins. Fiscal bonds and spiritual obligations, Mario and Francesco are rehabilitating the capitalist world and aiming for growth.

Security during the Extraordinary Jubilee is guaranteed by alert secret services and police forces. But is Rome an IS target?

Saintly, tormented yet breathtaking, is the Eternal City ready to welcome an exceptional pilgrimage? 

ORIGINS =Compulsory labelling for Israeli settlement products

On 11 November, the European Commission published its guidelines on the labelling of products from occupied Palestinian territories. From now on, wine, fruit, vegetables and cosmetics produced in occupied West Bank territories must bear the inscription “product from ... Israeli settlement”, or words to that effect, an EUobserver article explains.

In a scenario in which the enemy is no longer identified with ‘established states’, the management of information when fighting criminal organisations and terrorism requires a constant and timely exchange of transnational data. And much more.

The majority of Muslims seek refuge in Europe to escape the entrenched sectarian fundamentalism in their chaotic countries. These refugees can form a strong political movement, so the Muslim majority can finally speak out.

After being accused of a lack of solidarity on the refugee issue, relations between Brussels and East European countries are showing signs of wear, and old feuds resurface.

These four leaders, each delegated by their people to represent their will, have the power to make history. That’s why their meetings carry such weight.

 The year 2015 was the toughest in recent French history. A country devastated by terrorist attacks and targeted because it represents a model that is undoubtedly central to our Western world.

The recent elections have reinforced the role of the nationalist-populist party, which finds itself governing a country outright, a first since the fall of the wall. Where is Poland headed? 

After the resounding victory at the polls, the AKP has to face a few thorny issues on the agenda in Turkey. The Kurds, the new constitution and the Syrian crisis are post-electoral ‘hot potatoes’.

Might the mention of Christian roots in the European Constitution have thwarted the terrorist attacks of these last months? Or would it have made it easier to pigeonhole them as ‘wars of religion’? 


Unites States, Europe, emerging countries all react differently to the same macroeconomic scenarios, and one after the other suffer the effects of the Middle Eastern geopolitical crisis with Europe on the front line.

Besides the omnivorous presence of IS and the often tragic landings of refugees, Syria now lies sadly forgotten, with its cities and its talented citizens.