19
May
15

In search of

hotel_insideTravel is a quest. We are looking for the inspiration for our next travel. Not quite sure yet…but there’s something…somewhere…fascinating us…not quite sure yet what that is…(cont’d)

17
May
15

Muenster is a must

P1150413Why is Muenster a must? The fact that it’s one of the most beautiful German cities is a good start…

17
May
15

Bend it like Goethe

testata_statica_2015What would be the mirror equivalent of Tischbein’s famous painting, Goethe in the Campagna Romana? Which Italian poet, writer (& more) did travel across Germany, fleeing from his everyday life for three years and collecting impressions for a lifetime? Which landscape most inspired him?

17
May
15

Points of view

P1140619Sometimes it is difficult, in the middle of all the noise of our time, to distinguish the underlying currents from the tip of the propaganda icebergs…

Difficult times for Europe and its identity, and what could be pushed top-down in the coming months…still, I always have the clear feeling that bottom-up we Europeans are living our extended Country as we wish it could be: as one thing, and not just as a fragmented reality.

17
May
15

Renzism is nothing new

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Today’s article by Eugenio Scalfari on La Repubblica on Matteo Renzi sums up in a nutshell what Italian politics is about. And it’s not pretty.

It also shows how politics and society are two faces of the same coin, where power is autocratic and servile at the same time and at all levels, perpetuating a chain of obsequious big wigs, from the top of politics and corporations down to the sub-atomic social aggregation, be it in local politics, administration or SMEs/SMIs.

Garibaldi and Mazzini tried to change that and didn’t make it. Their struggle is still unresolved. The “Drang nach aussen” of the left-wing politicians – Pippo Civati’s decision to leave the PD party a couple of weeks ago – is history repeating. And this situation is not helping building a better Europe.

Continue reading ‘Renzism is nothing new’

16
May
15

Guest in Turin

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Germany is the guest of Salone del Libro di Torino, the Italian equivalent of Frankfurter Buchmesse. So I post the first Goethe novel I read (even if mine was published by Einaudi and not Feltrinelli). Today at Fahrenheit, the radio program on Rai Radio 3 specialized on books, Guenther Walraff was guest.

16
May
15

Good journalism

P1150572Twice a year, it’s time for Berlin State of Mind. Good quality journalism is never enough…




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