Monthly Archive: January 2015

Think tanks and universities: what, why and how?

What are think tanks, and what is the nature of the relationship between them and the old universities from which almost all think tankers hail? This is a brief and very provisional attempt to think through how think tanks operate, and how they relate to the traditional universities with [...]

The Energiewende and Germany’s Industrial Policy

The Energiewende is bringing about fundamental changes to Germany’s energy mix through short, medium and long term targets. Yet despite numerous studies, there is still a lack of clarity about the driving forces behind this energy transition. Reports of these drivers vary considerably, touching upon affordability, import dependency and [...]

How to fix the euro

The latest Global Go To Think Thanks Report released by the University of Pennsylvania has ranked the joint Elcano-Chatham House-Arel Report ‘How to Fix the Euro: Strengthening Economic Governance in Europe’ as number two in the world for 2013-2014. As two of the co-authors, we are pleased to see that [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Tsipras’ responsibility… and Europe’s also

Alexis Tsipras, who will be the new Greek Prime Minister, and his radical-left coalition Syriza emphatically won last Sunday’s election, although two seats short of an absolute majority. For the first time one of the so-called populist movements, in this case from the left, has won a general election [...]

Investor-State Dispute Settlement and the TTIP: still a thorn in European negotiators’ sides

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, which aim to create a free trade area between the EU and the US, have been mired in many controversies since kicking off in July 2013. But arguably the most damaging to the negotiations has been the potential inclusion of investor-state [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Greece can’t leave the euro without leaving the EU

When the European Commission says Greece’s membership of the euro is ‘irrevocable’ it is not expressing a political position but a legal reality. Such an eventuality is not foreseen in the treaties: it is legally impossible. The only way out of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) would be [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Charlie Hebdo: more questions than (provisional) answers

Why France now? Because France is where Charlie Hebdo and its Muhammad cartoons were published. Also, it is the most secular (but not necessarily the least religious) and most republican country in Europe. It is the society with the largest number of Muslims in the EU. It is taking [...]

Serbia’s OSCE chairmanship: back to the future

Serbia will hold the chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for 2015. Its candidacy, accepted on 10 February 2010, went hand-in-hand with Switzerland’s, which chaired the OSCE in 2014. In July 2013 the two countries presented an action plan that proposed the creation of [...]
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