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Stefano Casertano

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Planet of the Apes

“But the attainment of peace is not as easy as the desire for it. […] Those ages which in retrospect seem most peaceful were least in search of peace. Those whose quest for it seems unending appear least able to achieve tranquillity.” Henry Kissinger, 1954

Steady as she goes

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Merkel will probably succeed to stay on course but Italians prefer to focus on a sunken ship. This tells a lot about the boring German election campaign and Mediterranean disinterest.

18.09.2013

Calling Russia's Bluff

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A congressional rejection of the military intervention in Syria will give Obama the right excuse to avoid military action and to accomplish his mission: calling the Russian bluff with a bluff.

03.09.2013

Cheap and Cheerless

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Exports are considered to be the driving force in booming economies. Yet, by focusing too much on growth from outside, economies neglect their most important market: the domestic one.

24.07.2013

Face the Music

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The current crisis is driving a wedge between Germans and Italians. Newspapers are filled with reciprocal accusations and criticism, and the gap between the two countries is getting wider and wider. Time to focus on a powerful commonality: Music.

17.07.2013

La Deutsche Vita

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Italy needs reforms and restructuring to overcome the current crisis. But attempts to emulate Germany’s success won’t help to solve the country’s problems.

10.07.2013

Old Game, New Rules

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US hegemony in the Middle East will not be safeguarded by military interventions. The Syrian crisis proves that today’s global game of power can only be won through clever tactics. Time to learn from the Russians.

04.07.2013

Change the Rules, Not the Game

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Without the euro, Southern Europe is headed for trouble. It's in Germany's interest to keep the Eurozone together to prevent turmoil at its doorstep.

20.06.2013

Delayer in Chief

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The United States hoped to build Turkey into a model democracy in the Middle East, and to wait out the turmoil of the Arab Spring. Both policies have failed.

13.06.2013

24 Years Later

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Exactly 24 years after the massacre in Tiananmen Square, Turkey's prime minister has to decide how to respond to demands for real secular democracy. Will he agree to reforms – or "go Chinese"?

05.06.2013

A Deafening Silence

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Italian soccer clubs have a racism problem. It's indicative of the sorry state of Italian civil society that almost nobody dares to speak openly about it.

30.05.2013

Let Syria Split

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Syria's conflict is likely to continue for years – unless we change more than the rules of the political game. A two-state solution is most likely to prevent further bloodshed and preserve regional stability.

22.05.2013

New Continental Fault Lines

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The struggle over the euro currency is re-introducing fragmentation to the European continent. New divisions won't emerge from religious or ethnic fault lines but from different business cultures.

15.05.2013
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