Longitude #70

April, 2017


The Orientalist

The bull in the Levantine china shop
by Ugo Tramballi

Turkey has gone from trying to have no problems on its borders to creating problems all around and well beyond. In a frenzy to solidify uncontested power, President Erdogan is resorting to any means he deems necessary.

Cover story

by Stash Luczkiw

Nationalist and identitarian movements are on the rise in the West. Many of those professing more globalist or universalist approaches to politics are worried. And yet, a certain kind of universalism is unwittingly contributing to its own demise.

The penitant pope
by Matteo Matzuzzi

After denouncing the sins of the West, the Pope who “came from the end of the world,” needs to strike some sort of Westpolitik in order to keep alive all channels with the US and its conservative Catholic bishops. 

Who's afraid of globalisation?
by Giacomo Manca

Globalization today faces challenges from both ends of the political spectrum. Anti-capitalists used to be its main critics, but the nationalist right has recently created its own brand of no-global. Both claim, with important differences, that economic globalization has hurt the poor. 

Women make the world work
by Elena Di Giovanni

In order for a society to realize its full potential, it must allow women, who make up half the population, to fully realize themselves. Education is the solution to closing the gender gap.  

Constructing a European identity
by Roberto Spingardi

One of the keys to defining a European identity is to reinforce our separate national identities and understand how the positive aspects can benefit Europe as a whole. Italians have much to offer, but we first need to recover what we have always had.

World economy

A warm welcome for inflation
by Stefano Cingolani

Prices are rising and economists seem to be, if not rejoicing, then at least breathing a sigh of relief. Guided wisely, some inflation could lead to much-needed economic growth in the real economy.

Featured briefing

Toward the end of the Fifth Republic?
by Michele Marchi

For the first time since 1958 the two front-runners in the battle for the presidency both fall outside the traditional opposing parties. One is an outlier, the other is anti-establishment. Whoever wins, the balance of French politics will be definitively changed.

Waiting for the bell
map by Marie Joveneau
Cherchez les femmes
by Marina Valensise

The upcoming French presidential election will be determined in many respects by the actions of women. Whether she is a candidate herself, the muse of another candidate, or the source of another’s downfall.


The Dutch riot of parties
by Maurizio Stefanini

Even though Geert Wilders, the anti-Muslim candidate who was making all the headlines, did not win, he could still claim a victory of sorts. Others across the vast spectrum of parties had to adjust to his anti-Muslim, anti-migrant positions.

International security

Troubled borders
by Fabrizio Franciosi

Now that North Korea has a nuclear weapon as insurance policy against regime change or external political pressure, the US and South Korea are in a bind. China is key to reigning in the North, but does it have the political will?


Show don't tell
by Gianluca Comin

In this age of information surfeit we need to go visual. The ability to convey images that can explain complex ideas quickly is more than an aesthetic pastime; it’s a necessity for anyone who wishes to communicate effectively. 

Warming bloopers

Funding the big lie
by Carlo Clini

Americans are confused about what scientists have concluded with regard to climate change. That’s because the fossil fuel industry has been systematically funding a misinformation campaign about the role of carbon emissions in order to protect their interests.