Monthly Archive: June 2015

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The euro: uncertainty about tomorrow, but plans for 2025

It may seem a paradox: we do not know what is going to happen to the Greeks and the Eurozone in less than a week, but the EU’s institutions are already thinking and planning ahead for 2025. And yet, they have to do it, come what may as regards [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Morón Air Base: strategic interests and the culture of security

Spain, essentially because of its geographical positions and its good relations, has become an essential element for the projection of US military power in the present day. It is no longer merely a flank, as in the days of the Cold War, nor a rear-guard area, but a major [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega No longer emerging economies, downwardly mobile

The latest report on Global Economic Prospects by the World Bank paints a worrying picture: the emerging economies have stopped doing so, or at least they will do so much more slowly. This is not a temporary phenomenon but, according to Kaushik Basu, its chief economist and vice-president, a [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega 30 years later: is the EU becoming too narrow for Spain?

Spain and Portugal’s act of accession to the European Communities was signed on 12 June 1985 in Lisbon and Madrid. It was a poignant moment, though overshadowed by a terrorist attack by ETA. For many democrats it was the realisation of the dream of joining a project from which [...]

The Odd Anatomy of the Euro

I have spent more than ten years studying the evolution of the European Monetary Union (yes, even my Master dissertation at the University of Manchester written in 2004 was on the single currency). During all this time I have had many moments where I was lost in my thoughts, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Goodbye to an ever closer EU, or perhaps not?

The Maastricht Treaty (1992) enshrined a formula that was to be repeated in all subsequent basic EU documents: to move towards ‘an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe’. David Cameron wants the principle to be removed the next time the treaties are reformed and, in a reverse [...]
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