At Davos all eyes were on the President of the United States, from the Apocalypse Now style arrival to the contents of his speech, in which he left no doubt as to America’s stance on economic development and foreign policy.
It’s been a turbolent start for Donald Trump as President of the United States, with his first year overshadowed by lack of experience, scandals and excesses. Yet despite this, we may yet get to see what he will do in his second.
Christopher Columbus has recently become associated with ethnocide committed in the Americas. It is important to keep such facile oversimplifications from obscuring the explorer’s real significance.
Many of the world’s current crises have been exacerbated by a dearth of leadership. Europe has remained both relatively calm and inactive. Now, with the United States awash in uncertainty, is the time for Europe to assert its own leadership.
Italy is being threatened with floods of migrants. The successful approach to the Balkan crisis two decades ago might be worth another look as the EU continues to grope for a solution.
A rift in the transatlantic bond is growing as the US, for various reasons, focuses on
its own internal problems.
As a result, Europe will need
to carry its weight after decades of cruise control.
No one knows what awaits the UK as it breaks from the EU. One thing for certain is the fact that the upcoming elections will mark a new phase for post-colonial Britain.
With the upcoming G-7 summit to be held in Sicily, the Italian leadership will finally have a chance to set
the agenda at a crucial time
in international relations, especially around the Mediterranean.
The recent rise of populist movements is a risk that should not be underestimated. Nevertheless, there is a way
of understanding the phenomenon as a wake-up call that can bring benefits to the society.
As if the EU didn’t already have enough problems, it must now come to terms with a US president who not only feeds the populist anti-establishment wave in Europe, but also seems indifferent to its foundational values.
Should Italian citizens who have never or seldom set foot in the country have a right to vote? Certain measures need to be taken to ensure that all voters have significant links to the motherland.
Now that all America’s free trade deals are in danger, we should expect a more transactional approach in the new president’s agenda. The art of making a deal will necessarily involve compromise.
Russia is now more isolated than it has been since the end of the Cold War. Yet it is in Europe’s interest to get back to business as usual. Italy can use its special relationship
to help mediate.