Albania, a fast-growing democratic nation

The one thing that strikes the first time visitor in Albania is the number of MercedesBenz cars on the road, some of them brand new. When you ask about it the most common answer is: the Albanian diaspora. The Albanians who escaped from the country before 1990 prospered in large enough numbers in European nations…

Kavanaugh e il degrado della corte suprema

Qualunque sia l’esito finale dell’aspra contesa in atto per la conferma del giudice Brett Kavanaugh alla Corte Suprema, una cosa e’ certa, che la politicizzazione dell’alta corte costituzionale sottrae ad essa gran parte della sua autorita’ morale. Anche in questo, l’America, paragone di democrazia, finisce con rispecchiare il modus operandi della vecchia Europa, dove la…

A tense welcome to the Republic of North Macedonia

Once again, Putin is spreading his malware to obstruct a step forward in the construction of a new and peaceful Europe. In a few days, on Sunday, the citizens of Macedonia will vote in a referendum to ratify a deal with neighboring Greece that will see their country renamed as the “Republic of North Macedonia.”…

UN RICCO FINANZIERE CON SPINA DORSALE

E’ emblematico che la piu’ sensata disamina del danno gia’ inferto dal presidente Trump all’ordine costituzionale e alla stabilita’ politica dell’America provenga da un finanziere di Boston ben noto per le sue convizioni conservatrici. Il personaggio in questione, Seth Klarman, e’ di una statura paragonabile a quella di Warren Buffett. Quel che dice, in una…

The murky future of Europe

The United States is not alone in being judged harshly on the international stage for the disruptive policies of President Donald Trump, while the European Union seems to be imploding on account of the systemic threat to democracy coming from Hungary and other former communist countries of Eastern Europe. The instability that is agitating the…

L’AMERICA SOSPESA TRA LA PARANOIA E L’ESASPERAZIONE

Il nodo scorsoio che si stringe quotidianamente attorno al collo del presidente degli Stati Uniti – definito “incapace, instabile e amorale da Bob Woodward nel libro “Fear” – e’ ormai centrale nel dramma politico che grava sull’America. La realta’ in cui vive e opera Donald Trump e’ drammaticamente agli antipodi di quella che aleggia nella…

Chicago 1968 – when Mayor Daley beat the press

Aug. 30, 1968, is one of those days that made me realize that being a journalist is tantamount of being an observer of history with an appendage of involuntary involvement and personal risk. On that fateful Friday, I was, with other reporters, drawn into one of the most dramatic episodes of American political history, on…