Category Archives: Roberto Orsi

May 5 2017

The Politics of Post-Truth

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By Roberto Orsi Every book is imbued with the name of God, and we have anagrammed all books in history, without praying […]. What our lips said, our cells have learnt. What have my cells done? They have invented a … Continue reading

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Apr 4 2017

Brexit as a Strategic Shift

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By Roberto Orsi Britain’s move to leave the European Union has been a topic of political discussion worldwide for more than a year, starting from an extremely polarising referendum campaign in spring 2016 to the latest developments following PM May’s … Continue reading

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Mar 15 2017

The Moral Question in Italian Politics

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By Roberto Orsi Corruption in Italy is a constantly debated problem. However, it is largely framed as a moral and legal issue. This piece suggests instead that the root of the corruption problem is political and constitutional, as it lies … Continue reading

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Feb 20 2017

The European Union at a Crossroads

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By Roberto Orsi The European Union is approaching a moment of difficult decisions which will determine whether it will manage to survive in the near future or whether it will enter the final trajectory of its dissolution. In the past … Continue reading

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Dec 20 2016

President Trump and the Politics of Tragedy

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By Roberto Orsi For someone who tries to think in dialectical terms, the catastrophic handling of the immigration crisis in 2015 raised more than just some concern. It appears simply impossible that this kind of blunder could have not generated … Continue reading

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Jun 6 2016

The Great Pushback: Western Politics and Dynamics of Exclusion

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By Roberto Orsi A recent piece by Henry Radice on this very blog envisages a connection between different phenomena on the two sides of the Atlantic, namely Mr. Cameron’s political tactics (or strategy?), which has led to the Brexit referendum, … Continue reading

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Aug 14 2015

Weaponisation of War Memories and Anti-German Sentiment

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By Roberto Orsi In the aftermath of the tumultuous events in Brussels and Athens, public opinions in Europe and elsewhere have been rapidly polarised, to an extent perhaps not seen in decades. The dramatic deterioration of Greek finances (both public … Continue reading

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Jun 15 2015

The Politics of the Humanitarian Crisis in Europe

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By Roberto Orsi One of the greatest moral achievements of the ancient world has been the enshrinement of a solidarity principle for the fellow human in distress, which finds perhaps its highest formulation in the evangelical parable of the “good … Continue reading

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Apr 3 2015

The Ukrainian Crisis: A Year On

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By Roberto Orsi More than a year has gone by since the overthrowal of Viktor Yanukovich, the starting point of a severe international crisis between Moscow and the West, successively escalated by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the outbreak of … Continue reading

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Jan 20 2015

Europe’s Future and Jihad

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By Roberto Orsi Recent events in Paris have been commented upon by political leaders and public intellectuals alike with the recurring argument that France will emerge stronger from this incident. Countless other commentators have repeated that the ideas of an … Continue reading

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