Cyprus, An Absurd Levy
Europe / Opinion

Cyprus, An Absurd Levy

(Il Sole 24 Ore – A. Quadro Curzio) The bankruptcy of Cyprus and its exit from the euro, with unpredictable consequences for the European Monetary Union (EMU), has been averted, fortunately. The risks were there, even if the Cypriot GDP accounts for only 0.18 percent of the EMU’s, as contagion can also spread from a … Continue reading

Italy, the Marines, and the dignity lost in India
Foreign Affairs / Opinion

Italy, the Marines, and the dignity lost in India

(Il Sole 24 Ore – V.E.Parsi) “Dignity, once lost, is never regained,” an insightful John Malkovich observes in Gabriele Salvatores’ newest film, “Siberian Education.” It is distressing to think that it was not even necessary to disturb the great thinkers of the state from the 1600s or the concerned lamentations of Machiavelli on the sad … Continue reading

Italy’s National Team: Totti or Balotelli? Or Totti and Balotelli?
Politics / Sports

Italy’s National Team: Totti or Balotelli? Or Totti and Balotelli?

In the slowly shifting landscape of Italian football, the past week has marked a relatively quick change of focus. From old to new. Past to present. From Francesco Totti to Mario Balotelli. The homegrown Roman senator vs. the son of Ghanaian immigrants. It all started a week ago, when the Azzurri opened their training camp and Italian media latched … Continue reading

Italian President Napolitano Calls for Unity of Political Forces
Politics

Italian President Napolitano Calls for Unity of Political Forces

President Giorgio Napolitano today called Italy”s political forces to think about the general interest of the country and give continuity to the democratic institutions amid the crisis of ingovernability created after the elections. Two days after ordering the center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani to check whether he had the necessary support in both houses of … Continue reading