September/October 2016


The new edition of Eastwest, available from 1st of September at newsstands, bookshops and in digital format.


The British rift has disoriented but not destabilised the Union. The new territorial and commercial borders now on the horizon, are fraying traditional British aplomb and placing greater responsibility on European shoulders.


Romano Prodi gives an exclusive interview in which he discusses the future of western democracies, currently living through trying times. A traumatic event would seem to be needed to get Europe to move forward, but Brexit is unlikely to provide it…

In spite of their economic diversity, the same problems are affecting most EU states. Their governments are having to ward off the populist tendencies, fuelled by the tension and fear instilled by the recent demographic and social challenges. With NATO losing its magic touch, there's now room for a new European supranational management of defence policies that might address the issues posed by shared crises.

On the Union's borders, Turkey and Russia, have reiterated their capacity for stability and wait in the wings to see what the new European set up will entail.


While the US primaries were very low key, Argentina and Panama are throwing caution to the wind and hope optimism can boost their economies.

No light at the end of the tunnel so far for the Muslim World: Algeria could collapse any minute while Libya is still unmanaged and unmanageable, despite the occasional call for national unity. The Muslim recipe for civil and possibly democratic coexistence still has to be discovered or developed. An international coalition should probably be higher up the list of priorities than bombing raids.


All roads lead to Mecca, unfortunately. The knots and inner secrets of the Saudi monarchy and its society tend to influence many international networks in which this primitive Realm plays a major part. A plethora of contradictions undermines security policies at the outset along with hopes of achieving some form of global equilibrium.


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The ongoing crisis of Western democracies has been highlighted recently by the numerous attacks we are facing and still seem incapable of preventing: wars on our borders, new forms of terrorism, waves of uncontrollable migration, the striking failure of our integration models, and now even a revival of ’80s-style military coups.

Brexit was a hard blow; post-Brexit seems even worse. An event of such historical significance can’t be handled as business as usual.

National leaders cooperate without conviction, manage problems jointly without vision, a state of deep slumber awaiting the right motivation to awaken.

The British withdrawal boosts Italy as an essential link between Paris and Berlin. The Mediterranean now carries
more weight than the Channel.

Very different and often at odds, Minister Wolfgang Schäuble and banker Mario Draghi share the same objective: maintaining eurozone stability.

The borders between Great Britain and Europe were there before and still remain after Brexit. But the UK and London
could turn into a new Singapore.

PART TWO: Twenty years of floundered attempts. In spite of its dependency on imports, the EU is incapable of devising a common energy strategy.


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Since 1972 popular votes have set the stage and promoted European integration. Now they are undermining and destabilizing it.

Warsaw is considered by many the most important summit since the Cold War. But little has changed.

Since 2015, Alternative for Germany has enjoyed a meteoric rise. A popularity that is profoundly unsettling for the chancellor’s European policies.

The leading actors in the failed coup are Erdogan, the coup leaders, but most of all the Turkish civil society that wouldn’t be cheated of their democratic prerogatives.

Sixty-three governments in 70 years. Attempts at reform have failed. Now, more than ever, the values of the constitution must come to the fore.

On 18 September, there will be elections for the new Duma. Even Crimea will vote. All parties have put forward new and young candidates.

In the aftermath of Brexit, Federica Mogherini presents the European Council’s global strategy. Many doubts linger over its implementation.

The second round of elections, six months after the first, once again rewarded Mariano Rajoy. But forming a stable government is by no means easy.