The opening of the credit sector to outside investors has been a key part of the process of transforming and modernising the entire area and its economy. Western banks now play a leading role in many countries, except Turkey, Russia and Ukraine, where consolidation is still ongoing.
Nuova Simonelli has a turnover of 25 million from sales – 80 per cent of them abroad – of professional coffee makers. In this interview, Nando Ottavi, the company's numero uno, explains how he has championed the cause of spreading a taste for espresso coffee worldwide over the past 36 years.
“Today’s Albania is better than Communist Albania, but it is not the dream that we were seeking”. In this exclusive interview to east, the great Albanian writer describes the frustrations as well as the courage and the hopes of his people, caught between today’s Europe and a feudalistic past in which women had neither rights nor respect.
With Romania’s entry into the EU, the border with Moldova has become the European frontier and this has created a series of difficulties for Moldavians, considering also that the precarious economic condition of the country, considered the most economically devastated one on our continent, causes continuous emigration.
For the second year in a row east,the UniCredit Group,the municipality of Venice and the Fondazione Venezia 2000 (Venice Foundation 2000),have staged the Venice Forum:a permanent discussion laboratory among representatives of political institutions,the business community,academics, spokesmen of the financial world and civil society.
Despite gradual liberalization policies, Kurdish language and culture remains mostly ostracized in Turkey. In an effort give the Kurdish national role a non-militant coloring, some new groups and organizations are working hard to establish and nurture language programs.
To mark the twentieth anniversary of European Union Citizenship, 2013 has been designated European Year of Citizens. But public disaffection with the EU is constantly growing. It is true that the European Union's constructionis incomplete as yet, but it still offers opportunities: it's up to each and every one of us to seize them.
European citizenship is the first instance of citizenship not tied to a place, state or country. For the time being, a EU passport is only a utopian idea, yet the citizens of the 27 member states enjoy the privileges and comply with the rules decided in Brussels.