While it is true that Italy has not, as of yet, experienced a large-scale terror attack like those seen in other parts of Europe, this is likely not the consequence of collusion between Italian mafias and jihadist cells as some have claimed.
On 23 November, Russian President Medvedev made an important address to the Russian people in which he underlined hostility towards European Missile Defence. Is this further evidence of a divergent attitudes towards nuclear security?
The current controversy over the supposed relaxation of security checks at UK borders highlights the complex nature of border security. The issue goes far beyond personality clashes and Ministerial accountability. It may prove to provide the impetus for root-and-branch border security reform.