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March/April 2016


Our editor talks to Emma Bonino: Turkey is European, terrorism kills more Muslims than Westerners. Europe must take inspiration from the US, and our leaders have a tendency to be short-sighted.

The photos in these pages are by Stefano Dal Pozzolo*, a photographer for the Contrasto agency who has followed the construction of the railway line under the Bosphorus since work began.

First friends then foes. Two charismatic leaders, who started out with shared economic interests, advantageous to their respective countries, now clash over Syria.

Gilles Dorronsoro and Olivier Grojean explain the importance of knowing a state’s and a people’s identity to provide for their future.

Thanks to its long-standing relations with the region’s Turkic states, Ankara plays an important role in one of the most crucial energy and geopolitical hubs in the world.

Europe’s behaviour towards Turkey and its people cannot be ignored. Responsibilities are not all on one side of the fence.

The ghost of Kurdish separatism is a central and recurring instance of the rifts in post-Ottoman Turkish society, yet all remedies intended to quell it seem worse.

Turkey, NATO and the European Union must confront similar problems: the fight against IS and the refugee emergency.

US - Obama: no lame duck

No US president wants to be a lame duck, but that is what they are at the end of their last term in office.

Canada, an underestimated hydrocarbon and mining power, must develop an economy less reliant on its natural resources. The new government goes green.

The people want the Socialist Party and the opposition ‘to embrace’, but it’s not happening. The popular distress is caused by galloping inflation that is triggering revolts, but a tough repression can be expected.

The mutual interests between the former Soviet republic and the African continent have led to new ties that will grow stronger thanks to the new railway joining Kazakhstan to the Persian Gulf.

Hefty immigration, ethnic tensions and low levels of education conspire to stop the country from spreading its wings.

The nuclear agreement has freed Iran from isolation, boosted its economy and put the country back on the international stage upsetting the local balance of power.

Mohammed bin Salman, the youngest of bin Abdulaziz’s four sons, is leading the generational turnover in the succession to the Saudi throne.

Terrorism brews in the weaker states, where the citizens’ welfare and safety cannot be guaranteed.

Major public investments and the redistribution ofwealth are the possible bulwarks against nationalist tendencies.

The European digital single market and its impact on production processes.

 
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