Monthly Archive: September 2013

Almighty Merkel: Ready to enter the minefield?

Angela Merkel has emerged as the undisputable winner of the German elections. With these results (almost 42% of the votes) in her third elections Merkel is on a path to join both Kohl and Adenauer as one of the greatest chancellors in German post-war history. The majority of Germans [...]

Has Spain Turned the Corner?

After almost two years of doom and gloom, the Spanish government has been trumpeting, perhaps rather too loudly, some good news on the economic front: The economy shrank by ‘only’ 0.1% in the second quarter over the first quarter. Exports continue to boom. The number of tourists this year [...]

Is China becoming a ‘normal’ oil player in Africa?

Chinese investments in Africa increased from roughly US$1 billion in 2000 to over US$200 billion in 2012, a significant part being related to the extraction of natural resources. China has become the third-largest importer of African oil, which now accounts for around one-third of its total oil imports. Oil [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (4): Germany

The results of the German legislative elections on 22 September could signal a turning point in the euro crisis. So we’re returning to our series on what’s new on Germany in the IEPG 2012 ranking. The German economy has ranked 2nd in the IEPG since the beginning of the [...]

Al-Qaeda’s continued core strategy 12 years later

This Wednesday marks 12 years since the worst terrorist attack ever carried out on the U.S. In a recent article published on the Elcano Institute’s website, Bruce Hoffman and I stated that Al-Qaeda has withstood arguably the greatest international onslaught directed against a terrorist organisation in history, but it [...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (3): United States

The Elcano Blog is back in business after the Summer break. We’re returning to our series on what’s new in the Elcano Global Presence Index (IEPG) 2012 country ranking. The United States (1st IEPG, 1st GDP and population of 315,950,000 in 2012) retains its leading position on the IEPG [...]
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