CZECH REPUBLIC The country on the eve of elections The Czech Republic experienced a major crisis towards the end of the 1990s, with a series of banks going bankrupt; since then, the country has gone through a phase of recovery, sealed in 2004 by its entry into theEuropean Union. Although it is considered an exemplary case of successful transition from a Socialist system to a market economy, the country is still experiencing some problems, from high levels of corruption to the current account and budget deficit.
Unbreathable air, rivers used as dumps, and uncontrolled urbanization: the environment is paying a very high price for the remarkable growth of the Chinese economy. Aware of this, Beijing has begun to ask other countries, including Italy, for help, as Corrado Clini, General Director of the Italian Ministry of Environment and head of the task force of experts working in China, explains in this interview.
In economics, nothing is inevitable, and seeking to govern the process of globalization is in no way antagonistic to market logic. Had Keynes paid attention to his ultra-free-trade critics, the GreatvDepression would have lasted much longer. Nobel Prize winner,Joseph Stiglitz tells us about his latest book, Making Globalization Work.
There’s a diaspora no-one ever mentions. The scattered community of gypsies from the former Yugoslavia. The odyssey of men and women with no nation and no escape, chased away by everyone, looked on as enemies because they refused to kill or take sides. A million orphans from a State that no longer exists, with no other safe country to go to, either in or outside Europe.
Randa Mirza makes objects speak as she investigates abandoned houses with the curiosity of a researcher and the scientific approach of an archaeologist, using a photographic technique which she masters: no artistic egocentrism, no aestheticism for its own sake, but…
The most recent authoritative voice was that of Angela Merkel. “The Economist” is turning it into a real campaign. The issue of creating “European Champions” is animating the economic debate and is becoming part of the political agenda, not only of Brussels but of the individual countries in the Union. But what does it really mean? Is it correctto speak of a European industrial policy?
Piergiorgio Odifreddi is like the title of one of his books: an impertinent mathematician. A scholar, populariser, and polemicist, he does not believe in the God of the religions, but in that of Pythagoras, Spinoza, and Einstein. And he is convinced that science is, in its own way, as absolutist as Catholicism. He says Pope Ratzinger is giving lay-people a helping hand. As for terrorism, war and globalization...
The Catholic hierarchy is deeply embarrassed because the scandal in Poland is having a negative effect on the Church’s image as a resolute opponent of Communism. But while revelations continue to emerge from the archives, the Bishops’ Conference has admitted its responsibility. For the case in Poland is certainly not the only one. Similar cases are emerging throughout the ex-communist world, and confessions are implicated everywhere
Significant stabilization of the macroeconomic environment stimulated by the EU convergence process – On Jan 1st, Romania officially joined EU as result of acknowledged structural reforms and progress undertaken in the last decade. Looking forward for further achievements, the Romanian government presented its convergence report with plans to enter ERM II in 2012.
First the XX Congress and the end of Stalinism. Then the threat of armed intervention in Poland. Finally, the Nagy rebellion in Hungary. With the Americans caught unaware and the Chinese demanding equal standing with the USSR. Crucial to the history of the Cold War and the international communist movement. There’s every reason to call 1956 an unforgettable year.
The adhesion to the eu will be a supplementary boost to the Start of further modernization reforms. So as to make it possible, In a near future, also the implementation of socially Expensive and unpopular measures necessary to reduce the Remaining structural rigidities. A prerequisite also for a better Political stability.
Brussels, Strasbourg and St Petersburg: the “European building site” is made up of consolidated institutions as well as new structures, some of which – the new Adriatic and Black Sea euro-regions and the Congressof Local and Regional Authorities, for example –merit attention. Italian Giovanni Di Stasi, who played an important role in the start-up phase ofthese new structures, discusses their role.
Serbian Dragolijub Kojcic has worn many hats, including philosopher, journalist, and politician. He now heads a new party known as Serbia 21.His goal to encourage Serbs to membership in the European Union as an extension of their national identity and a part of their destiny. But in the bitter Belgrade atmosphere, persuasion comes hard.