In Polonia mon amour, the Polish writer, Gustaw Herling-Grudzinski, remembers the events of 1956, recalling the diverse elements that contributed to the implosion of the Soviet system. Focusing particularly on events in Poland, he draws lessons relevant to the present day noting, for example, that the journey from Communism to democracy remains incomplete. And in the case of Italy....
TECHNO-DESAPARECIDOS Every day huge heaps of electronic gadgets are lost on the back seats of taxis. 54,874mobile phones were left behind in London cabs (32,970 in taxis in Mumbai and 6,440 in Sydney), where, in the second half of 2006, 4,718 handheld devices and 923 USB sticks were also lost. London heads the list for missing laptops too – 3,179 of them; followed by Munich with 355and Mumbai with 349.
A sociologist and a philosopher discuss Europe, not in an academic way but as observers, consultants and – albeit with differing methods – as political players. Aldo Bonomi, has given us some of the most lucid analysis on social change in the 1990s and the start of the new millennium. Massimo Cacciari, juggles his various occupations as university professor, writer and polemicist with the daily task of being Mayor of Venice.
A series of university lessons collected in book form. Not by the professor, but by his students, first and foremost Veronica Ronchi. This is how Modernizzazione senza sviluppo – Il capitalismo secondo Pasolini by Giulio Sapelli, professor of History of Economics, came about. In this interview, Sapelli describes how his passion for the Friulian poet was born and offers a different interpretation of him, one very distant from tradition.
An Italian company holds 80% of the world market for getters for television and computer cathode ray tubes, and 99% of its turnover comes from exports. A series of noteworthy industrial discoveries mark its 60-year history. Paolo della Porta, an eclectic and persevering engineer, has led the company for over five decades. Paolo’s son Massimo, who now steers the group, continues to focus on advanced research.
Fabrizio Lori’s Nuova Pansac is the tangible proof of how a company operating in a mature market can become competitive and successful globally. Even “Business Week” has labelled it one of the best performing European companies. What is its secret? There are quite a few, as I was told in the interview with its CEO, who is used to challenges and making choices that buck the trend.
Election Monitoring is a world observatory of electoral ballots. A guide that, time after time, will make public the electoral results and strategies of countries to which the western media don’t give a voice. Everything will be accompanied by a summarized report on the socio-economic as well as political conditions of the countries under scrutiny: Hungary, Laos and Solomon Islands.
Giorgio Magistrelli is in charge of the main private lobbying organisation in China, with 800 European associate companies and seven representative offices all over China. His views give us a significant understanding of the obstacles that companies from the “Old Continent” must overcome when doing business with the Chinese. He also points out Italy’s failings in this regard, and that’s what he suggests.
Writer Graham Greene once labeled Riga as Parisian and "an aristocratic Brighton in the throes of debauchery." But the Latvian capital, home to some of the most remarkable Art Nouveau buildings in Europe, shows off more markedly Germanic influences. The Soviet presence has all but disappeared.
After a decade-long boom, Warsaw is dealing with a construction slowdown. Meanwhile, local political gridlock has gotten in the way of deciding the fate of the Soviet-era Palace of Culture and Science. Sometimes the Polish capital can't seem to decide what it wants to do with its Communist architectural legacy. Meanwhile, citizens await the new Swiss-designed Museum of Modern Art.
Between December 1943 and August 1944, Italian Fascist authorities worked with Nazi officials to detain and deport thousands of Jews. Trains hauled them from the Fossoli internment camp near Verona to near-certain death in Germany and Poland. Among the deportees was famed Italian novelist Primo Levi. When he reached Auschwitz, he wrote, “The dawn seemed a betrayal…” A new book recalls Fossoli’s painful history.
Jiri Gruntorad, a bricklayer-turned-librarian, replied to Communist repression by working to save thousand of then-illegal books and pamphlets. Known as samizdat, they symbolized the period’s rich dissident culture. A signer of the famous Charta 77, Gruntorad now runs Prague’s ‘Libri Prohibiti,’ akind of living memorial to free speech.
Hungarian thinker and politician Istvan Bibó was the last minister left at his post when Soviet troops entered the Budapest parliament in 1956. Rather than flee to avoid arrest, he rushed to finish his famous "For Freedom and Truth" proclamation. His 50-year-old views are growing increasingly pertinent.
Azerbaijan has slowly but forcefully established itself as the leading energy force in the Caucuses and in the Caspian Sea basin. But disputes over contested territories and suspicions over motives keep Baku from forging stronger EU ties. The sticking points are Turkey, Armenia and the future of Nagorno-Karabakh.
A group with six plants: four in Italy, one in Ukraine and one in Oklahoma, US, exporting 65% of its sales to 70 countries. Strengths: research and innovation. Single fired tiles led to a boom in exports in the 70s. The Managing Director Sergio Sassi discusses the rise of an entrepreneurial success, born in the Mecca of ceramics, in this exclusive interview, and explains how he wants to assail the markets of Eastern Europe, Russia and China.
Focused on innovation and research, with an immense drive toward internationalisation and upstream integration with the chemicals sector, and a belief in the importance of human resources. But also rigour and dedication to a business perceived as a living thing. Elena Zambon, the President of Zambon Spa, tells us the reasons for the Group’s success and for the recent choices “to spice up the business”.
It is an anomalous glocalist leader for at least two reasons. The first is that there is not a first class restaurant in the world that does not serve it, despite it being rigorously produced and sold in Italy. The second is that the best known brand does not belong to a single company but to a consortium. Di Zibello, naturally. As Massimo Spigaroli explains to east, starting from Giuseppe Verdi.