In the antechamber of a multi-front trade war

The US president, Donald J. Trump, has extended the deadline given to the European Union (EU) by one month, until the beginning of June, before applying the announced tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, which he claims represent a threat to national security. This has allowed for the intense[...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The dangerous politics of humiliation

One of the expressions that has cropped up in various analyses of Donald Trump’s foreign policy is «humiliation», whether in the context of Mexico, Iran, Europe, the UN or even for a period North Korea.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The best of all possible worlds

«The best of all possible worlds» is a simplistic expression stemming from the philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz’s complex 1710 Essays of Theodicy. There is now a concerted effort to promote a new optimism, armed with data and also backed by philosophy.

Basque terrorist group ETA disbands after 60 years

It has been a long time coming, but finally the Basque separatist group ETA has dissolved itself, ending one of the longest terrorism campaigns in modern Europe with the loss of 854 lives, thousands injured and 79 kidnappings. The move, however, is far from healing the deep wounds among the victims’ families.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Macron, Merkel and the new European sovereignties

Despite their internal and external problems, Macron and Merkel reiterated at their meeting in Berlin that they will submit a joint EU reform proposal, covering the Eurozone in particular, to the European Council in June.

Spain’s protests over pensions: no room for populist measures

Old age pensioners (OAPs) have been protesting across Spain at their ‘miserable’ pensions which since 2014 have stopped being automatically indexed to inflation and have risen by only 0.25% a year under reforms aimed at making the creaking system sustainable.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europe strengthens the rule of law

Europe –the EU and the Council of Europe– has enhanced the rule of law for both its citizens and member states. And it continues to do so. In recent weeks we have seen some examples of this enhanced rule-of-law provided by the EU, a system of which the European Arrest Warrant forms a part.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The decline of the West, 1918-2018

One hundred years after the end of th First World War there is again a widespread sense that we are witnessing the decline of the West and the relatively liberal world order that it erected.
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