Monthly Archive: May 2015

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Chinamerica

Some years ago there was talk of Chinafrica, especially in French analyses. The term Chinamerica, in turn, was originally used to describe the relations between Beijing and Washington. But it then began to be applied as the description of a new reality that had emerged over the previous decade, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The TTIP slows down

The TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, is one of the most ambitious projects on the US and EU agendas, not only in economic but also in geopolitical terms, given what it can mean to those involved, and even to those who will not be part of it. [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega A less united and less European UK: ¿Brexit and break it?

Despite the official congratulations, Europe’s conservative-dominated collective leadership would have rather seen Labour’s Ed Miliband entering 10 Downing Street. This might seem a paradox, but it is not. There is little confidence in David Cameron. First he got Scotland into an independence referendum that made much of Europe very [...]

The Mediterranean refugee crisis: obstacles to an effective European action

One of the main questions in tackling the issue of immigration lies in its very definition. Currently, the EU seems to consider it more as a matter of social and international security rather than a humanitarian plague. Still, there are many other factors that seem to slow the achievement [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europe against Google: but there are no European Googles

The European Commission has accused Google, through a Statement of Objections, of distorting competition and benefiting its own sales by manipulating its browser. It has also opened a file to determine whether Android –the open operating system for mobiles promoted by the US giant– has abused its dominant position. [...]

Arctic: from Cold to Ice-cold War

Vyacheslav Shtyrov, chairman of the Russian council of experts on the Arctic and Antarctica, recently said that ‘there is a strong possibility that the Russian Arctic is the first line of defence in case of a global military conflict, because that is the most likely direction of an adversary’s [...]
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