“America is back” è la promessa che Joe Biden aveva fatto prima ancora di essere del tutto certo della vittoria elettorale, all'inizio di novembre dell'anno scorso; che ha ripetuto quasi quotidianamente nei suoi primi cento giorni di presidenza, e in quelli successivi; la promessa alla quale ora, nel suo primo viaggio oltre l'Atlantico, il presidente deve dare contenuti chiarificatori.
Polarization and discrimination linked to religion have been increasing in many parts of the world, including on the two shores of the Mediterranean. Against this background, however, seeds of hope have emerged from a number of religious leaders who have called for a new narrative of human fraternity and inclusive citizenship.
Both the G7 and the G20 summit platforms arose from responses to economic and financial challenges. As a result, finance ministers have a dominant role in both the discussion and the discourse among leaders of the major economies. The Covid-19 crisis has broadened the agenda of both groups of leading countries, along with urgency of climate change and the imperative of dealing with systemic social inequalities revealed by the pandemic.
G7 leaders gather in Cornwall on June 11-13 for their most important summit since the start in 1975. They will produce a strong success, perhaps the strongest of all time.
From inaction to action – that is the message that the 2021 G7 summit seems to be more than willing to get across. And, indeed, things appear to be moving fast: from bolder commitments on climate change to the recent announcement of a global corporate tax, from redoubled promises to help vaccinating the world to foreign policy coordination.
Last year brought about new, unforeseen challenges for the global community. The Covid-19 pandemic came as an unexpected “black swan” and put abruptly under discussion our life styles, our working practices, the ways we used to do business. In a nutshell, the whole globalization paradigm, which had reached its peak, was under threat by an invisible and microscopical enemy. Today, as we are finally getting out of the most acute phase of the emergency – at least from the health point of view – we are called to a possibly even daunting challenge: how can we build back our societies better?
The G7 finance ministers and central bank governors communique of 5 June 2021 contains commendable language to ensure a “Transformative effort to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss". The critical commitment “to properly embed climate change and biodiversity loss considerations into economic and financial decision-making” now needs to be comprehensively implemented by G7 Leaders.
The world is faced with major challenges that will shape the decades to come. Issues such as climate change, COVID-19 and rapid technological change affect us all and demand a collective response.
Launched last month,Global Britain in a Competitive Age: the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy describes the UK government’s vision for the UK’s role in the world over the next decade and the actions we will take at home and with other countries to ensure that we are stronger, safer and more prosperous.
After a gap year, the G7 Summit is back. Joe Biden meets the other political leaders in person in the UK. Hot topics abound: from the COVID-19 vaccine distribution to climate change (with the Uk co-chairing with Italy the COP26), from trade to fiscal regulation. Other democracies have been invited to join the club: South Korea, Australia, South Africa, and India (in absentia).
In the early ages of hydrocarbons, when the oil companies discovered gas, they quickly abandoned the wells and moved the drilling rigs to other areas, looking for the most valuable crude oil. In those days, gas was considered as the poor relative of the fossil fuel family.
Driven by acute shortages and growing geopolitical competition, semiconductors have shot up the EU policy agenda over the past year. Caught in the crossfire of a global trade war and exposed to the vagaries of an undiversified supply chain, Europe has understood how its strategic autonomy is dependent on these chips. Looking further ahead, Europe aims to diversify its economic structure and be at the forefront of the next generation of digital technologies.
The Sahel region is the theatre for one of the most significant developments in Italian foreign policy in the last decade. As a consequence of the intersection between external shocks, domestic pressures, and internal reorganisations, Italy is testing new approaches, instruments, and strategies in the Sahel to further its national interest, which is understood as much in terms of national security as domestic stability and international status.