On Significant Silences

Whilst in Sicily with nothing to do the entire day, I  had the opportunity to read different newspapers. My favorite newspaper at the time was ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’ , which made me unnoticed for the most. Reading the New York Times or the Washington Post  would have probably raised more suspects from the locals and the local police …

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MassoMafia

When I arrived in Sicily I involuntarily discovered the existence of a new criminal organization: The MassoMafia. The MassoMafia refers to an ambigous connection between State, Mafia and Masonic Lodges. This was a totally new discovery for me, so new that noone had ever heard or talked about it before. In fact, the first complaint …

On My Difficulties of Working on Post-Communist Transformation

As my work encompasses processes of democratization and consolidation of democratic institutions in former authoritarian regimes, I have often been subjected to attacks from security services of post-communist countries. During my teaching activities at the Centre for German and European Studies of the State University of Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation), I was often followed by …