Category: Europe

Belarus has woken up

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Niccolò Cedeno The official results of the Belarusian presidential election of 9 August 2020 overwhelmingly sanctioned the victory of outgoing President Aleksandr Lukashenko, who has led the country for the past 26 years. In the weeks before and after the election, numerous...

Dealing with the ageing of the Old Continent to prevent a European Collapse

Article by Laura Governi | Illustration by Niccolò Cedeno For decades now, Europe has been facing an alarmingly low birth rate and the concurrent aging of its population. Scholars have argued that these trends could provoke the collapse of the economy. Are we equipped to work on the necessary...

No need for successors

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Tommaso Bisagni On June 25, Russia went to the polls to vote in a national referendum on the controversial amendments to the country’s constitution. The referendum, originally scheduled for April 22, was postponed to June 24 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Voting...

Belarus and the endless battle for democracy

Article by Matilde Monteleone | Illustration by Francesco Moretti Presidential elections will be held in Belarus on August 9th, and most likely the outcome will not come as a surprise. For 26 years, Alexander Lukashenko has ruled the country undisturbed, despite strong criticism and numerous complaints from within the...

The environmental disaster that threatens the Arctic

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Guido Brualdi On May 29, a tanker for refueling the Norilsk power plant, a Russian city located in the Krasnojarsk region, Northern Siberia, has released after an accident, about 20,000 tons of fuel and lubricants. The fuel spill has reached the waters...

The nightmare of domestic violence in Russia

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Matilde Morri These months have been very frustrating for everyone, the lockdown has forced us to change our habits, our lives, and the relationship with the neighbor, staying home was the only way to be safe. However, for many, the lockdown has...

Three countries, one pandemic: different ways to communicate in a crisis

Article by Anna Groh | Illustration by Tommaso Bisagni “The coronavirus may currently be the world’s top threat, but a very close second is the political leader who doesn’t see it that way”. (Ward, 2020) When it comes to leadership in a crisis, the chosen way of communication can...

Portugal’s last political intrigue

Article by Ruben Miguel Nascimento | Illustration by Guido Brualdi This is a very complicated week for the Portuguese government. Everything happened because of a “failure of communication” between the Prime Minister António Costa and the Finance Minister Mario Centeno (and simultaneously president of the Eurogroup). But starting from...

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...