We’re broke: L’Espresso on newsstands and online from Sunday 19 September


The cover title appears in the middle of a meadow: “We are broke”, it is written in large white letters. A double-edged sentence: are we ecologists or penniless? And why, on closer inspection, is that lawn not made of grass but of pylons and chimneys?

The ecological transition is the painful topic of the moment, and Minister Cingolani is the most discussed in the Draghi government: Stefano Liberti and Christian Raimo interviewed him for L’Espresso. And they asked him to account for everything: from the upcoming measures to defend Italians from rising bills to opening up on nuclear power, from electric cars to waste. And of the increasing use of gas: that gas which, Vittorio Malagutti says, is at the center of a trade war that gives Russia more and more power and weakens Europe. Another factor that undermines the economic efficiency of the EU is inflation which, Federica Bianchi shows by giving the floor to American and European analysts, goes hand in hand with the post-Covid recovery.

In the meantime, Italy is heading towards elections and in this bizarre electoral campaign, all the parties, explains Marco Damilano in his editorial, discover the same strategy: go back to the roots. Even Enrico Letta, a candidate in Siena, according to Susanna Turco designs a Democratic Party open to alliances that clearly recalls Prodi’s Olive Tree. In Milan, on the other hand, writes Gianfrancesco Turano, with Sala winner announced, the theme of the moment is continuous and increasingly luxurious overbuilding, which risks transforming the city into a “games room for the rich”.

The situation in Germany is more chaotic, where the approaching elections unleashes neo-Nazi threats and Russian hackers (by Roberto Brunelli), while the philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, interviewed by Stefano Vastano, invites politicians to devote themselves to the only really important topic: air, i.e. pollution.

A problem that unites, in China, rich and poor, suspended between the government that promises zero emissions and the companies that falsify data (by Simone Pieranni). While global warming, which has led Sicily to abandon oranges and lemons for mangoes and avocados, with ever higher temperatures already threatens the new crops (by Alan David Scifo).

In Afghanistan, meanwhile, life continues, and fear increases: those who work in sectors disliked by the Taliban are preparing for resistance or clandestinity (by Marta Bellingreri), with the help of a few NGOs still present, such as Terre des Hommes (report by Sabrina Pisu). Carlo Tecce, on the other hand, denounces the odyssey of 550 NATO collaborators abandoned in Kabul by Italy at the time of the evacuation.

Altan laughs bitterly about the war to come, Makkox imagines the attempts to tame Salvini by the “reasonable leaguers”, Mauro Biani entrusts hope for a green future to a little girl. Michele Serra invents amazing new apps to watch football on TV, and Stefania Rossini, speaking with a reader, remembers that there are also successful women who thank their husbands – but without the paternalism of Benigni & company. While Marco Follini invites you to meditate on the dates, which are the word of the week.

And L’Espresso closes with Irene Vallejo who tells Sabina Minardi the great adventure of the book, from papyrus to e-readers, and Valerio Bispuri who dedicates a long reportage to “Basaglia d’Africa”. Donatella di Cesare warns against superficial philosophers who go crazy on TV, Massimiliano Parente enters the quarrel between Cotroneo and Moresco on today’s novelists, Bernardo Valli returns to Singapore thanks to Conrad and Asor Rosa.

And while Virginia abolishes the death penalty and activists hope for a domino effect (by Manuela Cavalieri and Donatella Mulvoni), Jennifer Guerra shows that the most dangerous terrorism, right now, from the US to Italy, is that of the Incel: who hate women but also kill happy men.


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

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