I was present since my youth in several aspects of trade along the Silk Road, in Russia, the Middle East, India and China, studying the cultures, the languages and the economies of those countries. My own family name hints at Asia. Wherever I go, from Bosnia to Greece, from the Gulf to India, everybody thinks I am of local origin, since Lala means “elder brother” or “flower” in many Islamic countries, and “red”, “lovely”, “great”, “literate” or “rich” in several Indian languages.
I was thinking of Eurasia since I was a student. Already at that time, I thought that there would not have been a future for us Europeans without an active involvement in a Eurasia which, with all its troubles and crises, was, and is, the only region of the world where a remarkable, cultural and economic growth may take pace. In fact, the US, after their unprecedented growth after WW II, would necessarily have faced a crisis due to overstretching, as the events of Viet Nam and Middle East, as well as the subprime crisis, have shown. From another point of view, the European Union, not having been able to timely really unify the European continent, is now subject to the limitations imposed to its growth by the West and to its incapacity to find a common ground on the most important issues of the world. On the contrary, Asian countries, after two centuries of Western colonial rule, have recovered their traditional cultures and wealth, so overcoming all other countries of the world. If we consider that in Eurasia there is already the largest part of world population, it is clear that, in a thriving Eurasia, there is all necessary place also for Europeans.
Being conscious of this fact, I devoted a large part of my time to the study of the languages and cultures of different parts of Asia, such as Chinese, Sanskrit, Arabic, Japanese, Hebrew and Russian. Moreover, I was active as a manager of the Italian industry, operating, before as a business developer, and, later, as a corporate lawyer, for projects in Africa, Russia, Middle East, India and Far East. I had even been the responsible interface for legal matters of the FIAT Group for Eastern Europe and Far East during the Perestrojka era. I have travelled extensively in those areas, and, in the last ten years, as managing director of a small publishing house, devoted to Europe and the world, I have founded a book series, called Evrazija-Avrasya, specialised in questions related to the relationships among Europe and Asia. In this series, the book “DaQin” has already been published, dealing with the necessity that, in considering the future of Europe, its relationship with Asia is taken into account. A second esdition, as well as collective work, “Europe riding along the Silk Road”,are under way.