The voluntary work and non-profit sectors can also facilitate exchanges among European countries. Italy and Poland, for example, have developed a shared project to resolve a reciprocal emergency: the lack of paramedical staff. For this is another way to give life to a European social model, a multicultural historical context and a shared tradition of participation in public and economic life
It was the first Italian company to manufacture ceramic valve mono mixer taps. It went on to invent the mixer tap with a concealed cartridge. Having become the top national company, it began to attack foreign markets. As Carlo Zucchetti, chairman of the eponymous Novarabased company explains in this exclusive interview, “these days over 50% of turnover comes from abroad”.
Voluntary service is on the increase. Active civil society is growing. The link with Europe, which is also cultural, seems complete. From the end of the Communist regime until today, the Czech Republic has undergone significant changes, as stated by the Civil Society Index.
The ongoing Russian-Turkish rapprochement is surprising in more ways than one, considering that the two countries have fought each other for over five centuries. But the evolution of this new “axis” will depend to some extent on the initiatives that both the American administration and the European Union are willing and able to undertake.
Post 1989 Polish culture witnessed for the first time a clash of trade union and Catholic ideals with the forms of capitalist privatisation. Under pressure from the expansion of market realities, it found itself not at the centre but at the margins of national and social life.
“What is the relation between Europe and the new social composition that emerged from the post-Fordist fragmentation of labour?” the sociologist asks. “Can a Europe which is ever weaker in relation to the new giants of globalization take on the role of a cultural and moral leader?” the philosopher wonders.
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.