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LA STAMPA, CORRIERE DELLA SERA, IL SOLE 24 ORE (Italy)

TURIN - Sergio Pininfarina, among history's most accomplished car designers and a symbol of "Made in Italy" style, has died at the age of 85. Italian media reported Tuesday morning that Pininfarina died at his home the night before after a long illness.

Noted for his designs of Italian sedans and sports cars, including models for Maserati, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo (see Giulietta Spider below), Pininfarina was also much sought after by carmakers around the world like Peugeot, Rolls Royce and Cadillac.

His death was top news on virtually all Italian news websites:

Milan daily Corriere della Sera: "Farewell Pininfarina: Genius of the Automobile"

Business daily Il Sole 24 Ore: "Death of Pininfarina, Father of Italian Auto Style"

Taking over the family business of car design and production, he built an empire that also included train and bus design, and eventually pushed him to the leadership of Italy's industrial association and the appointment as a Senator for Life.

But he will be best remembered for his designer's eye that married cutting-edge with a classic touch.

"What is essential is to conserve the patrimony of the past but know how to point toward the future, anticipating the times," he told La Stampa, the daily based in Turin, Pininfarina's hometown and the hub of Italy's automobile sector.


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How The War In Ukraine Could Overturn Everyone's Plans For The Arctic

Russia owns 60% of Arctic coastline and half of the region's population. In recent history, NATO has not been overly concerned with the defense of the Arctic region because the U.S. military has been focused on the Middle East. This is all changing since Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Photo of employees walking through frozen installations at the Utrenneye field in Murmansk Region, Russia.

At the Utrenneye field in Murmansk Region, Russia.

Kateryna Mola

-Analysis-

KYIV — As important as the Arctic is for studying climate control and ecology, various states have eyes on it for another reason: resources. Climate change has made the Arctic more accessible for mining, and much of that area is in the Russian Arctic. In order to exploit these potential natural resources, Russia turned to foreign investors and foreign technology, from both the West and China. The war in Ukraine is throwing all of that into question.

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Russia's invasion of Ukraine will have a profoundly devastating impact on the development of Russian Arctic infrastructure, as well as shipping routes through the Arctic. Western companies have left or are about to leave the market, and counter-sanctions threaten those who still cooperate with the Russians.

Given that Russia does not produce the sophisticated equipment to operate in such a complex region and soon will not even be able to repair the equipment it possesses, we can expect Russia's activity in the Arctic to slow down.

Yet, Vladimir Putin has continued to emphasize the Arctic as a priority region, and extended invitations to cooperate to both India and China.

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