They come from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Lately, they’re mostly coming from Iraq. They once did the rewarding, highly dangerous job of informing the public in their countries. Many of the world’s “hot” spots are losing their reporters, who risk arrest in the best-case scenario if they return to their countries
The housing supply remains inadequate, in terms of quantity as well as quality. Despite an acceleration in construction over the past few years, the demand-supply ratio is still unbalanced because of bureaucratic delays, the lack of an efficient land registration system.
The recent events in Bologna and the decisions made by Mayor Cofferati regarding security, together with the violent anti–high speed train protests in Val di Susa by some small extremist groups who have a rather worrying idea of democracy, and how this is seen by the Centre-left, prompt me to ask east’s indulgence in a number of thoughts I would like to express, both as a citizen and as an elected official in a city government run by a centre-left coalition.
Politics, economics, bilateral relations and the role of women in the evolution of Turkish society: these were the subjects under discussion at the second Italy-Turkey Forum held in Istanbul. The first forum took place in Rome in summer 2004. The delegations from the two countries were large and high profile, as the introduction to this document shows. Two specific issues were discussed in depth: the Cyprus issue in the political work- shop and the role of women in the socio-cultural workshop.
Over the last 4 years the Slovak economy has been experiencing a period of extraordinarily high economic growth, both compared to the previous period and to the whole regional performance. This trend is generally considered to be an outcome of the reform process that took place after 2001 and led to structural changes in the economy, accompanied by an increased inflow of investments followed by production capacity building and consequently an increased pace in the catching-up process.
They are unfamiliar with the old regime and did not witness the era of change. After generations of collectivization, young Poles find themselves handling a new independence, largely avoiding social and political activities and learning to adapt to continuous changes in a new society where education and employment play a decisive role.
The names are always the same, both in the East and in the West, and they are those of the big editorial groups – consisting of newspapers and TV groups – which share the world market. Media are often technically and politically used as a weapon. The Europe of information lacks its rules. And the European Union wriggles out of its responsibilities...
A 20-nation report profiles the current state of regulation, policy and independence in European television. In the light of the generalised failure of public service broadcasters, it would appear that commercial channels are destined to get the upper hand, even as Eastern European countries become increasingly “European”, for better or for worse.
Nowadays the readers of the Eastern countries can choose among a wide offer of newspapers. But when consumer is king, the trend is that of following the market, searching for sensationalism and playing on nationalist and populist feelings to the detriment of balance. And the big foreign groups brought forth heavy investments and advanced technologies. But the lack of regulatory instruments...
The fall of the Berlin Wall made a clean sweep of the old publishers with links to the Communist regimes. Today, foreign groups – German, American, French, Swiss and Scandinavian – own publishing houses and newspapers in Central and Eastern Europe. The Italians are missing, despite courageous pioneering initiatives by Mariano Volani, Niki Grauso and Rcs.
Graniti Fiandre is the world leader in the production and marketing of technical porcelain tiles. It is the supplier to automobile companies such as Ferrari and BMW, Jaguar and Fiat. It also provides for designers such as Armani and Zegna, and prestigious hotels like Marriot and Crowne Plaza. Graziano Verdi, president of the little multinational company located in Castellarano, recounts in this interview...
It has become one of the greatest success stories in the history of ‘Made in Italy’: ceramic cherubs, but also little bears, owls and penguins. And stoves, as only the people of South Tyrol know how to make them. The story begins in the cellar of a castle more than a half century ago. Today, the company brings in more than 116 million euros in sales, manufactures all over the world, and has 2500 “collaborators”. But the goal is now to...
There is a dichotomy between globalisation and regionalism. The views of one of Italy’s greatest architects go against the trend: emphasising the risks deriving from the loss of national identities and warning against the temptation to demolish rather than enhance existing buildings, she explains that the renovation of urban spaces should be based on serious planning by public administrations.
Unlike a number of Eastern European capitals, Slovenia's thriving Ljubljana steered clear of Soviet-era urban models. The city owes a debt to the independent spirit of its artists and architects, who began reinventing it while it was still under Austro-Hungarian rule. Thanks to the city's small size and Tito's unwillingness to yield to monolithic models, today's Ljubljana remains among the most vibrant examples of the evolution of European modernism.