Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The EU: (almost) everybody wants to be in everything

The historic step that has just been taken in defence suggests that the EU prefers to close ranks when advancing onto new ground.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega 100 years after the Russian Revolution: central planning with big data?

One hundred years down the line, the dystopia of central planning and total control cannot be written off as extinct. Will they be reborn under big data?

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega European solidarity for Catalonia

The EU has supported the Spanish government in its dispute with the separatists of Catalonia. It has done so in defence of its own interests.

Germany shifting to the right

And now Germany: similarly to most other European countries, the Federal Republic will now also have a right-wing party decisively present in its national parliament. The 13% share of the vote achieved by Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in the 24 September elections could almost be called a landslide victory.[...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega «America First» undermines the West

«America First» puts the US global leadership in jeopardy and also undermines the position of a West that is deprived of significance without a leader.

Two to tango: the unchanging complexity of Turkey-EU relations

Another European Council meeting went by, with no substantial changes regarding Turkey-EU relations. But, this story is not over.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega A time of general distrust

Distrust permeates our societies: distrust in governments, in parliaments, in the news media, and even corporations have lost ground in this respect.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Social media in China: the regime is more concerned about what people do than what they say

Apart from its Great Firewall, the Chinese state runs an elaborate system of censorship and manipulation of social media.
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