Valentina Pasquali

Articles written by Valentina Pasquali

For Europe in Afghanistan, Long-term Commitment Despite Lack of Interests

By Valentina Pasquali
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Germany has announced it will provide up to 800 troops to the NATO training contingent that will replace the ISAF mission in Afghanistan after 2014, a notable move in Europe’s current climate of budgetary austerity. With few bilateral interests at play, Berlin’s decision, and similar indications from Italy, raises the question of what the continental European powers’ long-term strategic goals are in Afghanistan. more

Italy’s Dangerous Slide Toward Euroskepticism

By Valentina Pasquali
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Since the beginning of Europe’s financial crisis, anti-Brussels sentiment has been on the rise, with the European Union now even losing ground among countries like Italy that have historically been ardent supporters. Crushed by austerity measures, and persuaded by their politicians that bureaucrats in Brussels and Berlin are to blame for the country’s ills, Italians are turning into outspoken euroskeptics. more