Monthly Archive: June 2014

The “Bleu Marine” failure

The recent elections to the European Parliament have left even worse sensations for traditional parties than expected. Right-wing anti-EU parties have won in France, Britain and Denmark. Overall, Eurosceptic and Europhobe parties have gained over 20% of the seats in the Parliament and they now have political momentum. The [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Iraq’s failures

A forgotten duo is making a comeback: Sykes-Picot. In 1916 these two civil servants, one British and the other French, designed –ie, divided up– the map of the Middle East between their countries’ respective areas of influence, creating artificial states such as Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. It was part [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Has Putin won?

The situation in the Ukraine is far from stable but may have started to be contained, although it could easily deteriorate, as shown by the enduring violence and the alleged delivery of Russian tanks to the eastern separatists, while there is a persisting risk of either side losing control [...]

Albania: the long road towards the EU

On 4th June, the European Commission recommended that Albania be granted candidate status to EU member states. This is a much awaited moment for the small Western Balkans country, which has been actively and persistently attempting to join the EU since its application in 2009. However, the final verdict [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Less Europe? It’s not that easy

Some years ago, the European Commission decided to regulate the maximum curvature that could be authorised for bananas and cucumbers. The notorious Regulation 2257/94 was finally dispensed with in 2008 due to pressure from certain Member States, but it is often cited as one of the prime examples of [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega BRIC nationalism

The election of Narendra Modi and his BJP party in India has marked the arrival of another nationalist –or, rather, an even more nationalist, as they have all been so-, at the head of a BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China; let’s leave South Africa out for the time [...]
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