Author: Luca Mazzacane (Rome, Italy)

Hong Kong: holding China to “one country, two systems” (interview)

The issues playing out in Hong Kong right now are being watched around the world. But to what degree are they understood? With this question in hand, I had the opportunity recently to interview a citizen of Hong Kong. During our talk, I tried to clarify the true nature of the situation — from his… Read more »

Sardines came out of the sea: a new Italian reality

Following the recent elections, Italy adopted a new government that relegated the Lega Nord party of Matteo Salvini to opposition status in the government. During its term in power, Lega had major media and political relevance. Its shift to the opposition did not suppress support from the party and its supporters for topics such as… Read more »

To Impeach or Not to Impeach: less of a question

On September 24th, Nancy Pelosi, President of the U.S. House of Representatives, announced the opening of a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. In the eye of the storm, there is a phone call on July 25 between Trump and Ukrainian President Zelensky, in which the US president allegedly lobbied for Ukraine to initiate… Read more »

Stability out of chaos: Italy has a new government

On the 4th of September, the new governing team in Italy was defined. Hopefully, the country is now ready to take on a new governmental experience, the fifth in the last 7 years. This time, distinct from previous cases in Italian history, the point of rupture that led to the new government was created by… Read more »

Devaluation of human rights in Italy

In decades past, major prominence has been given to the protection of human rights and the concept of human dignity. This is a long-term process, dating back to ratification of the European Convention of Human Rights in 1953. Pragmatically, the importance of human rights in the international culture developed relevance with the establishment of the… Read more »

EU Parliamentary Elections: what you need to know about the results

The European elections that took place May 23-26 across the 27 member states have been a major subject of political analysis and fermentation for the past several months. In the Union, this has been felt as a possible turning point for the supranational entity. The pro-Europe majority of the European Parliament could not ignore the… Read more »

Rethinking the UN Security Council: from disregard of the African continent to the illogic of the veto 

The Security Council is one of six core bodies of the United Nations, the others being the General Assembly, Trusteeship Council, Economic and Social Council, Secretariat and International Court of Justice. All are enshrined in Chapter III of the Charter of the United Nations. The Security Council is tasked with maintaining international peace and security,… Read more »

Antibiotics: risks in overusing the magic medicine

In 1945, Howard Florey, Alexander Fleming and Ernst Chain were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their role in discovering penicillin, the first mass-produced antibiotic. The introduction of this cure in the 20th century revolutionized the world of medicine and upgraded considerably human longevity. Antibiotics allow the treatment of bacterial infections, such as pneumonia…. Read more »

Is the UK lost in the Brexit maze?

In her April 2016, speech on Brexit, conservative Tory leader and UK Prime Minister Theresa May affirmed: “…the question the country has to answer on 23rd June – whether to Leave or Remain – is about how we maximize Britain’s security, prosperity and influence in the world, and how we maximize our sovereignty: that is,… Read more »

E-Governance in Europe

Estonia excels in e-governance. Italy is experimenting with its development, prompted by the political parties. Switzerland at the moment is lagging behind the EU in digitalization. Who is ready for e-governance? European states have embraced the digitalization of government under the guidelines offered by the European Union. The EU has adopted the “European eGovernment Action… Read more »

European Court of Justice
Brexit Ruling: Article 50

On the 10th of December, the Advocate General Sánchez-Bordona, member of the European Court of Justice, established that the United Kingdom can retire from Brexit without the consent of the 27 member states. The panel of judges affirmed that forcing a member state to leave, by a vote, would violate the precepts of the EU… Read more »