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...

The Chinese chase for the American soft power

Article by Alessia Petrucci | Illustration by Chiara Zilioli   ‘’Foreign policy, as nature, refuses emptiness’’ (Francesco Costa)   Since the end of the Cold War, the international system changed. Experts now consider it a “liquid system”, not only because there aren’t two super powers constantly challenging each other...

Why storytelling works so well: in politics and in our everyday life

Article by Anna Groh | Illustration by Beatrice Bandiera “Storytelling” – something that belongs to a children’s room, something for parents to tell their kids before they go to bed? Yes, but not only that: it takes place in the adult’s world just as much. Not in order to...

Why the new coronavirus is an asset for terrorists

Article by Joana Lopes | Illustration by Tommaso Bisagni Let’s consider the following argument: The coronavirus crisis has put the world in lockdown. Terrorists want to provoke mass causalities. Therefore, terrorist activity will decrease. This reasoning is a fallacy, for many reasons. For example, there are multiple types of...

Pandemics and conspiracy theories: what can we learn?

Article by Laura Morazzini | Illustration by Francesco Moretti -”See here? It says it’s a virus created by China in a lab” – ”It’s rather Northern upheavals’ fault”. ‘’In times of social stress in general, and in the throes of a devastating epidemic in particular, conspiratorial explanations of events...

Why COVID-19 and social discriminations are killing minorities in the US

Article by Matilde Monteleone | Illustration by Francesco Moretti At the end of March, the Governor of the State of New York defined COVID-19 as “the great equalizer”. But is that really so? Although the virus transcends national borders, not everyone is vulnerable in the same way. In particular,...

How companies will have to adapt their business models after the pandemic

Article by Richard Breitschwerdt | Illustration by Louseen Smith As Covid-19 spread across the globe, we first experienced impacts on the global value chains as China closed their production sites. Companies in the West had to make initial arrangements to outweigh the dependence on the Chinese market, but it...

Abuse of emergency clauses: a Swiss perspective 

Article by Nadine Boss | Illustration by Armadilly Comics   In a vast majority of countries severely affected by Covid-19, the executive currently enjoys almost infinite power. National constitutions normally contain a so-called “state of emergency clause”, that allows the government to temporarily suspend its obligations in a time...
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