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Calls for independence gain momentum in Europe

My last article on secessionist movements around Europe has been published yesterday on the IPF.

Early in 2012, British Prime Minister David Cameron surprised everybody by agreeing to hold a referendum for Scottish independence before the end of his mandate. A few weeks ago, Alexander Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party and a long-standing Prime Minister of the nation, confirmed that the vote will take place in 2014. The referendum will mark an historic moment for the country: it will be the first time Scottish voters will be presented with the possibility of breaking the political union between England and Scotland that dates back to the 18th century.

Some thoughts on Italian politics

I wrote an overview of Italian politics that was published on the International Political Forum. Have a look, if you do give a damn about it.

Italian politics has always been a puzzle for foreign observers. For that matter, even Italian experts often have a hard time anticipating political developments in the country. The elections that are due for Spring 2013 are no exception. This time, anticipating the results coming out from the polls may be even harder than it usually is.

No easy game to play

My article on small nations, nationalism and the Olympics has been published today on The International Political Forum.

Nationalism still plays a fundamental role in several fields of international relations, from war to politics – it is not by chance that “war made the state and the state made war”[1]; and then, war was substituted by politics, which were merely “its continuation by other means”[2]. Looking back at the last 50 years, however, I would dare to add a third field where the essence of nationalist feelings have tended to emerge quite clearly: sport. In 1945 already, George Orwell (certainly not the kind of academic one would expect to join Charles Tilly and Carl Von Clausewitz in their debates) put it very simply: sport is “war minus the shooting: […] At the international level sport is frankly mimic warfare”[3].