Monthly Archive: July 2013

Spain’s Unemployment Conundrum

There is only a glimmer of light in Spain’s long unemployment tunnel after five years of recession. This is because a new economic model has yet to emerge to replace the one excessively based on the property sector, which collapsed with devastating consequences. The depth of Spain’s crisis is [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (2): United Kingdom

Following a surge in the past few decades, the UK ranks 3rd in the 2012 IEPG (6th GDP and population of 64,231,000). Since 1990, when it was 5th, it has overtaken Russia, Japan and France. The improvement lies on both the economic and soft dimensions, but mostly on the [...]

A window of opportunity for a post-Busan donor

‘The world has changed dramatically, so let’s do business as usual’. This is more or less what the HLP proposes in its report on the post-2015 development agenda. But make no mistake: this is not necessarily a flaw of the report. Eradicating extreme poverty, putting sustainable development at the core of [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (1): Russia

On 17 June, we posted that it IS possible to measure the global presence of countries through the Elcano Global Presence Index (IEPG, according to its initials in Spanish) as an index compared to other indexes and indicators and as an analytic tool. As the IEPG’s results for 2012 [...]

Parallels between Egypt’s and Turkey’s protests

The ousting by the military of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi must have been unsettling for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who recently faced similar but much less massive protests over his authoritarian style of government. The Egyptian press put the number of protesters around the country at 14 [...]
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