President I am writing to you: L’Espresso on newsstands and online from Sunday 2 January


The handwriting is clear and obsequious, some decorative flourishes underline the importance of the recipient of the open letter that stands out on the cover of the first issue of L’Espresso for the new year. “President I write to you”, reads Chiara Riva’s elegant lettering. It seems like a trivial sentence but it is not: because the recipient is still unknown. On this eve full of nominations, ropes and vetoes, the election of the new President of the Republic is highly unpredictable. Yet the Italians already know what they would like from him. L’Espresso asked eleven authoritative signatures to speak out for the citizens.

Because even if the voters are not directly voting, the choice of the new president concerns all Italians: Marco Damilano explains this in his editorial. And then he leaves the word to the authors: who ask for a balanced country (Michele Serra) that restores the Constitution (Massimo Cacciari), that realizes the dreams of the partisans (Mauro Biani) and gives dignity to those who have no voice (Francesco Occhetta) and citizenship to those born here (Djarah Kan).

The Italy of the new president must give weight to politics (Lucio Caracciolo) and reject walls and barriers (Donatella Di Cesare), protect the school (Viola Ardone) and rediscover the value of the land (Franco Arminio), reaffirm the rights of the poor ( Diletta Bellotti) and LGBT + people (Pietro Turano). While Carlo Tecce signs the portrait of a person who will be fundamental in the choice of candidates: Ugo Zampetti, secretary general of Mattarella for seven years and very influential among the great electors.

In Italy, meanwhile, accidents at work do not stop: Floriana Bulfon gives a voice to the orphans of these tragedies, which every day cause at least one victim and leave a family in pieces, devastated by mourning and the lack of public aid. Andrea Barchiesi points out a way to reduce accidents, focusing on privatized security and random checks, while Marco Bentivogli analyzes the escape from work of employees harassed by oppressive positions.

Vittorio Malagutti reveals the maneuvers of the drill lobbies and the big deals of the energy giants thanks to the increases in the bill. Massimiliano Salvo tells of the resistance of the dockers in Genoa, who block ships loaded with weapons for Saudi Arabia. And an eight-handed investigation (signed by Nadia Addezio, Lorenzo Boffa, Marika Ikonomu and Alessandro Leone) denounces that in the Lombardy of private (and Catholic) healthcare, abortion is a denied right.

Federica Bianchi traces the identikit of the despots of the Earth (seven out of ten inhabitants of the planet live in authoritarian regimes). Lawrence Wright reveals to Manuela Cavalieri and Donatella Mulvoni the background of the assault on Capitol Hill, a real coup with which Trump wanted to regain power in the US. While Francesca Mannocchi invites the West not to forget Kabul in the hope of covering up the mistakes made.

Looking at the new year, Altan wonders about the Greek alphabet, Makkox discovers he is an astrologer, Michele Serra turns to science fiction. And Giuseppe Genna invites you to meditate on the word of the week: planet.

And L’Espresso closes with a chat on the “glitch feminism” between Legacy Russell and Gaia Manzini and with the denunciation of the abandonment of the houses in which Pirandello and other great Sicilian writers (by Rosario Sardella and Alan David Scifo) lived. Bruno Manfellotto invites you to rediscover the journalist Umberto Eco thanks to an upcoming anthology for the readers of L’Espresso, while Gigi Riva recommends reading Miroslav Krleza, a great writer from the Balkans. And Fabio Ferzetti presents the beautiful animated film about Anna Frank which links the “Diary” to the drama of little migrants at the mercy of today’s wars.


Source: L'Espresso – News, inchieste e approfondimenti Espresso by espresso.repubblica.it.

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