Simone Benazzo

Simone holds a Bachelor in Communication (Bologna) and a Master of Arts in International Relations (Turin). He is chief editor for East Journal. Once his girlfriend got very worried: he had not pronounced the terms “gender”, “Balkans”, “power”, “identity” before dinner. He has been loving many books, women, ideas, beers, but only a few of them knew that. He wakes up every morning to set up the revolution, then he runs out of coffee. He suffers from many addictions, but he is going to give up from tomorrow.

Interview with H.E. Mr Harri Tiido, Estonian Ambassador to Poland

Harri Tiido, Estonian ambassador to Poland, former ambassador of Estonia to NATO, statesman and journalist, visited Natolin on the 17th of February to brief the students on the many challenges of the Baltic region. He agreed to sit with the Natolin blog’s Simone Benazzo and Valentin Luntumbue to talk about NATO, Russia and Estonian politics. […]

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Machos will tear us apart. On links between sexism and Islamophobia within the Hungarian right-wing’s memory game

On 26 July 2014, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán presented the model of illiberal democracy as a viable alternative for the EU at a rally of his party. He reiterated this proposal in 2016, mentioning, as reported by EU Inside, the need for a “regime change” and calling for a counter-revolution all over Europe during

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Battle on the streets in Ukraine. The past they left is not the right one

On 7 of July 2016 the Kyiv City council decided to change the name of the “Moscow Avenue” to Stepan Bandera Avenue. Bandera was a Ukrainian nationalist leader who fought to establish an independent Ukraine before and during the World War II, although without abstaining from collaboration with Nazis forces. This decision was taken almost

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Reading Ziya Gökalp to understand modern Turkey’s malaise with Europeanization

Ziya Gökalp, born Mehmed Ziya in the Kurdish Diyarbakir in 1876 was a Turkish poet, thinker, reformer. Nowadays, he does not seem to be a popular persona among Western European observers of Turkish politics. This despite that, at a time when Turkey’s path towards full European Union membership seems blocked, some of his main concerns,

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