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from Sunday 2 October
curated by Angiola Codacci-Pisanelli
The table of a press conference. The forest of microphones ready to collect every nuance of the incoming declarations. In the background is the initials of the Democratic Party. But no one comes to answer the questions. “Empty on the left” is the cover title of the new Espresso issue. After the result of the elections that handed Italy over to the right, it is time for the losers to examine their conscience. To re-establish a party that is up to the storms in progress. And that you go back to listening to the weakest.
The Democratic Party of the future must regain strength from its roots, explains Rosy Bindi to Carlo Tecce, while Massimo Cacciari notes that, in the absence of a party to represent them on the left, the weaker classes are always turning to the novelty of the moment, which today is Meloni . Because the defeat, writes Lirio Abbate in his editorial, arises from the detachment from reality: Italy has turned out to be very different from how progressives imagined it.
And while Conte tries to broaden the consensus concentrated in the South (Antonio Fraschilla talks about it), on the right “a new human species” makes its way, which Susanna Turco renames Homo Melonianus: polite and fearful in appearance, so as not to scare the strong powers but , as confirmed by Federica Bianchi from Brussels, ready to ally with reactionaries from all over Europe.
Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize winner, explains the strength of the revolt of Iranian women (the interview is by Sabina Minardi); former BBC correspondent Philip Short talks about Putin’s Afghanistan. And while dissatisfaction is growing among the Russians (by Filippo Agliastro), and in Donbass, exhausted by hunger, there are those who resign themselves to annexation (by Sabato Angieri), artificial intelligence opens up new scenarios of war (by Fabio Chiusi). From Israel, Christian Elia explains that speculation lurks behind the disputed houses of East Jerusalem, while in Africa Vincenzo Giardina takes stock of the fragile peace of Mozambique.
Bianca Senatore went to Val di Susa among migrants trying to cross the French border, Erica Manna analyzes the increase in unaccompanied minors and Luciana Grosso talks about the new frontier of racism: the environmental one, which sees the poor living in landfills and pollution.
On the economic front, the rescue of Monte dei Paschi continues to swallow public money (by Vittorio Malagutti), and Meloni’s intention to rewrite the PNRR endangers several green projects (by Eugenio Occorsio): a new outrage against environment already wounded by the wild overbuilding, of which Paolo Biondani reveals numbers and data. Enrico Bellavia, on the other hand, tells of the rehabilitation of the policeman unjustly accused of kidnapping in the Shalabayeva case.
And L’Espresso closes with an invitation by the philosopher Emanuele Coccia to reconstruct the pact with nature and a review by Gaia Manzini on the animals protagonists of the novels. Wlodek Goldkorn talks about utopia with the Polish theatrical Krystian Lupa, Emanuele Coen asks the neuroscientist Kia Nobre how to defend our brain from the attacks of catastrophes and pandemics, Zoe Saldana tells Chiara Catalli how Avatar changed her life. And Silvia Andreozzi meets Udo Surer who, since he discovered that his father was among the killers of Marzabotto, regularly returns to Italy to meet the survivors and relatives of the victims.