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 […]
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.
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 […]
Europa United contributor Luca Contrino is taking a concerned view on the recent appointment of Matteo Salvini as Minister for the Interior and is giving notice to Europe that he may be here for longer than we all can expect. The coalition negotiations produced the most expected outcome, and […]
Europa United contributor Luca Contrino took time off to attend a insightful seminar on the future of Europe which was hosted by our good friends in United Europe in Germany just a few weeks ago. In conjunction with the Europe Day celebrations, we bring his report on the […]
The election result in Italy delivered the populist surge feared and expected in the run-up. As expected, the biggest winner was the Movimento 5 Stelle (5-Star Movement). They are now the single biggest party in Parliament, and with Roberto Fico as President of the Chamber of Deputies, they […]
“Re-election” was a formality but now Putin risks creating problems for himself, Russia and Europe on his turf
That Putin would be reconfirmed as president at the recent “election” was a foregone conclusion, and ostensibly sets him up to rule until 2024, and will therefore probably be his last term in office. Far from giving him and the country stability however, Putin now has pressing issues […]
Italy’s election on March 4th will take place in a climate of tension and aggression not seen for decades. The difficulty in efficiently processing migrants recovered in the Mediterranean combined with ongoing economic difficulties for the average citizen despite a tentative macroeconomic recovery, and an ongoing refusal to […]