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Ken Block: Climbkhana

Res publica   26.09.17  

L'ex pilota di rally Ken Block, famoso per la sua serie Gymkhana dove dimostra la sua abilità nel guidare al limite delle possibilità, ha deciso di scalare in drifting Pikes Peak con una Ford Mustang Hoonicorn RTR V2 da 1.400 cavalli.

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State of the Juncker

Res publica   13.09.17  

Una velocità. Una moneta. Un presidente.
Ovvero mai più un'Europa a più velocità. Adozione dell'euro come moneta continentale con un unico ministro dell'economia e delle finanze e riunire in un'unica persona le presidenze della Commissione Europea e del Consiglio dell'Unione Europea.

L'ambiziosa visione del presidente Juncker per l'Europa del futuro nel primo, ottimistico, Stato dell'Unione dopo lo scorso annus horribilis per il Vecchio Continente.

My hope is that on 30 March 2019, Europeans will wake up to a Union where we all stand by our values, where all member states firmly respect the rule of law, where a single president leads the work of the Commission and the European Council, having been elected after a democratic Europe-wide election campaign.

If our citizens wake up to this Union on 30 March 2019, then they should be able vote in the European Parliament elections a few weeks later with the firm conviction that our Union is a place that works for them.

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La linea ferroviaria più lunga dell'India

Res publica   20.08.17  
Il lancio della Voyager 2
Passeggeri a bordo del Vivek Express da Dibrugarh a Kanyakumari

Matthieu Paley, fotografo del National Geographic, ha viaggiato per 5 giorni e 4 notti a bordo di un Vivek Express sulla tratta ferroviaria più lunga dell'India: gli oltre 4.200 km da Dibrugarh, nello stato dell'Assam, sino a Kanyakumari, nel Tamil Nadu.

Beneath the relentless churn of steel, wood, and dust, the Indian railway is made entirely of stories. For more than a century, it has witnessed the infinite expression of the human condition, borne the incalculable weight of separations, and gently rocked the world-weary into oblivion.

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I pescatori di gamberetti a cavallo

Res publica   14.07.17  

A Oostduinkerke, nelle Fiandre, da quasi 700 anni i gamberetti vengono pescati montando cavalli che trascinano pesanti reti.
Questo particolare metodo di pesca ormai viene praticato solo in questi luoghi e da pochi di irriducibili pescatori, tanto da trasformarsi in un'attrazione turistica unica al mondo.

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La storia del più grande accordo commerciale europeo

Res publica   07.07.17  

Politico racconta come è stata raggiunta l'intesa per stipulare l'ambizioso accordo di libero scambio e di partnership tra l'Unione Europea e il Giappone destinato a diventare un modello per l'ordine mondiale del ventunesimo secolo che rafforzerà le relazioni strategiche tra Bruxelles e Tokyo.

The 11th hour mission to Tokyo by Malmström and Hogan was the last big heave in negotiations that often seemed close to failure over recent years, primarily because Japan's politicians were unable to make concessions on agriculture. In part, Tokyo feared that EU farm exports would wipe out fragile rural communities inhabited predominantly by elderly farmers. But EU negotiators also complained Japan was intransigent over products such as tomatoes, chocolate and pasta, where it has no real defensive interests.

Talks had become so bogged down and embittered by the end of 2015 that Mauro Petriccione, the EU's chief negotiator, warned that Brussels could face a terminal credibility crisis if negotiations dragged on much longer without a breakthrough.

Negotiations limped on through 2016 until U.S. President Donald Trump’s election in November suddenly forged an entirely new political dynamic. In January, the protectionist president pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership with Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim countries. In an instant, the game had changed.

Trump's rejection of the TPP was a devastating blow to Tokyo, which had long seen the U.S. as the cornerstone of its foreign policy and the guarantor of its security in the face of Chinese naval expansion and North Korean missile launches. For weeks, Japanese officials were in denial and still held out hope that the TPP might survive.

In February, Japanese Prime Minister Abe made a last-ditch attempt to cozy up to Trump by going off to play golf with him at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Shortly afterward, the Japanese realized it was time to switch horses and make a big push for a European deal. Free trade is a key pillar of the prime minister's policy of "Abenomics" to jolt the economy out of decades of cryogenic stasis, and it became clear that the EU was now the most obvious partner.

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