The 5Star Movement with 32,5%, has risen to the fore on deep seated voter anger, but the center-right coalition thus far has only 38%. Neither have the numbers, yet the difficulties are not simply forming a majority but creating a strong government capable of addressing the country’s urgent issues.
The vote of the 4th of March has humiliated both the Democratic Party (PD) and Berlusconi’s Forza Italia, leading parties of the Italian political scene for the last 25 years. Launching the populist anti-establishment 5Star Movement and giving the Lega party a leading position in the center-right coalition, in a surprising game changer.
The breakdown in multilateralism doesn’t help us to face an increasingly dangerous world. Yet the hopes born in the last years of the 20th century for a freer and better world, seem to be fading, replaced by the threat of terrorism, nuclear proliferation and rising nationalism and populism in the West.
After years of rowing against the current of the financial crisis, International trade has finally caught a favourable tailwind. The sheer volume of trade has grown more rapidly than industrial production, shipping has bounced back and all this despite the protectionist manouvres of many of the big players.
Transforming the huge amount of data produced by the European Space systems into useful information contributes to the European cultural baggage. Ensuring that public authorities are aware that this data can change the way they plan and implent public policies is the challenge to meet.
Rising population, climate change and water scarcity are placing increased pressures on agriculture, yet technology could come to aid this most basic of human activities by creating self contained food production systems.
A great part of Sub-Saharian Africa, despite the richness of conventional energy resources lives without access to electricity. The lack of delivery infrastructure and discontinuos and unreliable supply, coupled with the high costs to the consumer, are lowering the demand especially in the least developed rural areas.
Erdogan is unsettling the entire strategic scenario in the Middle East. He is in conflict with the US, has upset Russia, further divided the Kurds and exacerbated the civil war in Syria.
With the recent application of bully tactics, Erdogan is alienating his long time allies and foes. The conflictual nature of his foreign policy especially evident in Cyprus is an indication of the regional upsets to come, affecting in the case of ENI, not only the islanders but Italy as well.
This is an abstract from the introduction to the posthumous book Il cielo di Kabul by Nando Rollando, the Italian alpinist, who died on Mount Blanc in 2014 but first managed to bring skiing to war torn Afghanistan. Although only a recent addition to a long history of positive Italian relations, his diary notes narrate an extraordinary adventure in a scenario we could not even imagine experiencing.
Hugo Chavez, Nicolas Maduro, Evo Morales and other Bolivarian leaders of 21st century socialism in Latin America have each adapted the ideology of their founding hero, Simon Bolivar, to suit their own political agendas. But these dangerous semantic twists have led to catastrophic results in the region, and left a vacant political framework.
Traditional vote gathering has given way to newer and more effective methods. In the recent Italian electoral campaign all competing candidates used the same digital platforms to reach voters for the first time. It remains to be seen if this will become the only way to do politics in the future.
There are some things you just can’t insure, but what happens when insurance takes on the very power of nature? Perhaps insurers and financial brokers stimulated by business opportunity can offer a solution towards mitigating the losses from climate change disasters with positive interference in consumer behavior.