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LONGITUDE: “Falling on deaf ears”

The dramatic Syrian crisis, in an analysis by Stefano Stefanini that touches on President Assad’s stiff resistance to even the most minimal dialogue, is the central theme of the new issue of “Longitude”, the geo-political magazine directed by Pialuisa Bianco, on newsstands as of 3 June, whose main topics also include world finance, the “case of Libya” and the backlash of vendettas, and German soccer’s winning approach.

Editorial by the Director

An editorial by the magazine’s director also deals with Syria (“Things fall apart; Syria cannot hold”), describing a state of total disaster that has become a theatre of thugs and a “boil” on the Middle East region. She speaks of a true global era war given that all the major powers are arguing about the conflict from afar but failing to come up with solutions – even the Geneva 2 Conference proposed by the U.S. and Russia has become an obstacle course.

Editorial by Minister Emma Bonino

Minister for Foreign Affairs Emma Bonino contributes an editorial on Europe – “Europe needs a giant step forward” – calling for solutions to structural, political and economic problems, and a master plan to build cohesion and rekindle enthusiasm.

The usual columns cover the small and medium-sized coalitions governing in more than a few European countries, such as Italy, and intra-European immigration.

The Books section is devoted to the pros and cons of the policies of recently-deceased Margaret Thatcher.

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