Monthly Archive: February 2015

Financial crises and flushing toilets

Last week I was at the International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention in New Orleans (Louisiana). The ISA is the most important gathering of International Relations (IR) and International Political Economy (IPE) scholars in the world. Usually there are thousands of delegates and hundreds of panels, and this time [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europe: fewer Jews, more anti-Semites

Is anti-Semitism on the rise again in Europe, now that it has fewer Jews than ever? The latest outbreaks –in France the attack against a kosher supermarket in Paris and the desecration of Jewish gravestones, in Denmark the shootings in Copenhagen and, before that, attacks in Belgium– would seem [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Ukraine: the peace hiding behind the ceasefire

If consolidating a ceasefire in the eastern Ukraine will be difficult, making peace will be even more so. Nevertheless, although there are elements for a stable peace in what was negotiated at Minsk, it remains to be seen if, not Russia, but the government in Kiev –and the Ukrainian [...]

Back to growth in the EU. Will this have an impact on global presence?

A few days ago, the European Commission launched its GDP forecasts for next year. Good news are (hopefully) all 28 member states of the EU will record positive variations of their GDP in 2015 for the first time since the crisis erupted. What does this mean for EU’s global [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Putin and his supporters at Europe’s political extremes

Not only Russia, but Vladimir Putin himself, is gaining influential supporters in Europe. The political extremes –should they be called populists?–, especially on the right, are pro-Putin. To the left, the triumph of Syriza has reinforced Greece’s usual pro-Russian stance which, of course, also has a religious basis in [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Dignity by 2030: no hunger and no extreme poverty

Despite the long and hard road that lies ahead, the world is a better place today than in 2000. It is closer to complying with some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) that the countries meeting at the UN set for the end of 2015. The General Assembly will [...]
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