Author: Alessandro Zerbini

What it takes to be resilient: the Pandemic, the Parliament and Us

Article by Alessandro Zerbini | Illustration by Matilde Morri Euphemistically speaking, 2020 has been a year of great adaptation. Individually and collectively, we have had to accept and adapt to different rhythms and behaviours, and hardly any realm of our societies has been spared from this revolution. Parliaments are...

Schopenhauer’s Handbook for Neutralizing Rhetorical Devices

Article by Alessandro Zerbini | Illustration by Louseen Smith In 1830, German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote a very special short essay entitled The Art of Being Right. Breaking with millennia of logical pondering in search of objective truth, he admitted that, in real life, having the right on one’s...

Will the Schengen Area survive the pandemic?

Article by Alessandro Zerbini | Illustration by Armadilly Comics One of the predictable consequences of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has been the international wave of border closures aimed at preventing the spread of the virus. In the Schengen Area, where for the last two and a half decades border-crossing has...

Two steps forward, one step back: stocktaking from the last Eurogroup meeting

Article by Alessandro Zerbini | Illustration by Silvia Baccanti   “Too early to say”, Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai is quoted saying in a conversation with US President Richard Nixon when asked about the impact of the French Revolution. One of history’s most appreciated misunderstandings –the Chinese politician was...