Longitude #27

May, 2013


Politics and the lessons of terror
by Stefano Stefanini

We have come to accept that terrorism is a fact of our times. What the most recent attack in Boston has shown is that the way to negate its impact is to stand united in combating it and to carry on.

End of EUphoria

Europe in the doldrums
by Lanfranco Vaccari­­

The common sense approach to Europe’s crisis – getting profligate nations’ fiscal house in order – was clearly going to be difficult. But few questioned its effectiveness. So why has austerity seemed to make things worse?

A confederacy of orphans
by Jean-Paul Fitoussi

The European crisis, while stemming from an international economic downturn, is unique to Europe. The very structure of the EU is fomenting a deficit in democracy that risks a disastrous outcome.

Three-speed growth
by Domenico Lombardi
The economies of the world are growing at different speeds. The developing world keeps growing at a steady pace, while much of Europe is facing the specter of a protracted period of stagnation.
The D-mark remains close to the heart
by Ubaldo Villani-Lubelli

Over a decade of life in the eurozone has made some Germans nostalgic for the good old Deutschmark.
Now a new party has cropped up on the political scene, which is fed by the wistful desire to be free of Europe’s profligate economies.

Kim the bully

Much ado about nothing?
by Alessandro Merola

North Korea’s saber-rattling has alarmed some of its neighbors, but there is a chance that the new leader is merely using the same tactic employed successfully by his predecessors. How the US and China react will significantly impact the balance of power in Asia.

An impoverished bully
Starving a nation
by Stefano Cingolani

The North Korean government’s total control over its people has gone awry. While the hermit state’s population suffered from famine and food shortages, the government pursued a policy of military build-up and unpredictable posturing to obtain from the international community what it might not get otherwise.


Keeping resistance at bay
by Isabella Saggio

The overuse of antibiotics has led to the increased resistance of pathogens. If this continues then we could be facing not only
a worldwide health problem, but also a threat to political security.


The evolution of big pharma
by Christopher Caldwell

Obama’s healthcare policy, new government research programs and a general trend toward outsourcing research have all contributed to a shift in how the pharmaceutical industry conducts business.


Qatar’s hat trick politics
by Enrico Verga

Football is serious business for Qatar, because through the world’s most popular sport, as well as the TV station that will broadcast it, the emirate hopes to gain entrée and influence that it can leverage in more serious competitions – like the struggle for Syria.


The Turkish turnaround
by Matteo Tacconi

A decade ago, Turkey was facing financial disaster. Today, the country is a model of economic dynamism and a beacon of political moderation for its Muslim neighbors. Now is the perfect time to jump start its relationship with the EU.


Africa unite
by Anna Bono

Since the end of colonialism half a century ago, newly independent African nations have struggled to find common ground; this despite the creation of international organizations meant to unify them.

Global Economy

The new crop of challengers
by Maurizio Stefanini

Many companies are not only growing rapidly, they are also growing globally. These new “Global Challengers” give an indication of where the most dynamic economies in the world will be in the near future.

Business culture

Making brain capital work
by Hermann Simon, Danilo Zatta

The inner workings of brain capital enterprises differ greatly from manufacturing companies or financial institutions, and they are rarely revealed. Here is an inside look at one of Europe’s most successful consulting firms.

Warming bloopers

Panda friendly Pinot and Grizzly chummy Merlot
by Carlo Clini

Climate change has opened new frontiers in the wine industry. As traditional winegrowing regions become hotter and drier, the quality of the grapes grown there, and hence the wine, will inevitably be affected.