A recent trip to Ukraine made me realise that the ideals of what the European Union represents remain an objective that a nation aspires to, and one they refuse to give up on. Despite a history of hardship and external oppression, Ukraine is holding on for a better […]
Originally from Italy, but something of a wanderer, I have recently completed a Master's Degree in International and European Relations at Linköping University in Sweden. I previously studied Modern Languages and European Studies at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom.
A lover of travel, languages, and cooking amongst other things, I am certainly eager to learn new things and live life to the fullest!
I consider myself European having so far lived in six European countries, and the experience has convinced me of the EU's role as a force for good in the world.
Italy’s two vice-prime ministers, Matteo Salvini and Luigi Di Maio, are not exceptional in any way, save for one: the popularity they have been able to maintain despite achieving close to nothing in the nearly five months of the government’s formation. While the two men’s individual brands of rhetoric playing on […]
Journalists and media are under fire literally all around the word every day and that’s part of the job in some cases. But it should not be the case in a modern democracy. Europa United’s Luca Contrino discussed the current state of safety for journalists following his attending of a preview screening of “Under the Wire”, a documentary focusing on […]
Italy’s economic and social malaise has been playing out in slow motion for the last 30 or so years, and many of the structural issues that plagued Italy then still remain unresolved today. At present however, the Italian population is undergoing a heavy decline, thanks to both natural change and […]
That Europe’s population is ageing fast is not news. Most of the continent’s countries have the highest median ages on Earth (with only a few countries outside Europe demonstrating similar age structures in their populations, notably Japan). With these ageing populations and factors such as rapidly increasingly life expectancy both […]
Europa United contributor, Luca Contrino asses the current state of legislation in relation to cannabis usage and if there is a case for EU wide legalisation. With Canada’s Senate approving Bill C-45 (aka the Cannabis Act), a G7 nation has legalised recreational cannabis. Adding California’s circa 39 million inhabitants […]
As the World Cup plods along, Putin scores some goals of his own on the international arena. So where is Europe’s counter-strategy? Our regular contributor Luca Contrino is watching the tournament and wondering if this is the ultimate opportunity for Vladimir Putin to reinforce his interests around the […]