Yearly Archive: 2014

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Meanwhile, in Scotland and England…

The September referendum on independence in Scotland, in which the ‘noes’ won by 10 points, has changed many things in that nation, and to the south, in England. Despite the ‘no’, nothing will ever be the same. The reverberations of the Scottish referendum are causing major changes in British [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Double majority in the European Union

Technicalities can conceal an abundance of politics. One of the last provisions of the Lisbon Treaty (which had been signed in 2007 and has been applied since late 2009) came into effect on 1 November, coinciding with the changing of the guard in Brussels. The text itself had postponed [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Global Germany at 25

25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and 24 after unification, the German government has declared its intention of gaining a more active role in the world for Germany. To be more precise: those who have such an ambition are the Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Frank-Walter Steinmeier, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega 1989, much more than the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago this 9 November. That, but not only that, changed the world, although at the time it was not clearly seen that many of the seeds of what has occurred in this quarter century, and will continue to happen, were sown at that [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Globalisation’s re-Americanisation

For a while globalisation was considered to be the same as Americanisation. The hyperpower, including its consumers, benefitted the most from the process, although many others did so too. However, the emergence of China, especially, turned the tables. Despite US influence, even culturally, continuing to grow and still dominating [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Cheaper oil, geopolitical effects

Some see it as the long arm of Saudi Arabia; others as a concerted action with the US; and, finally, there are those who just see the markets move, at a Europe on the brink of recession and a world submerged in a ‘new mediocrity’. The fact is that [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Can China become a democracy?

Hong Kong’s students have shaken a world that is right now far from needing a crisis in China, despite the protesters have awakened sympathies in the West. The crisis in Hong Kong has not fizzled out and the embers of demands for constitutional change and democracy remain and perhaps [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Islamic State: terrorism and insurgency

The Islamic State (IS) is a practitioner of terrorism even more terrible than al-Qaeda as it has recently amply demonstrated. But that does not explain everything. It is also an insurgent movement and an army, and unless that is understood the strategy carried out by the US will fail. [...]

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