Yearly Archive: 2015

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Savage continent: the longer term will not resolve the shorter

Europe, it is now being repeated ad nauseam, is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since the Second Post World War, which after the horror of war underwent a horror of population transfers, well documented in Keith Lowe’s Savage Continent. But Europe seems to have forgotten where it comes from [...]

Elephants with longer trunks, donkeys with longer manes

Part of Donald Trump’s presidential announcement speech, like that of any other candidate, was devoted to listing his strong points: ‘I’m really rich’. But what was remarkable about Trump’s speech was the energetic and almost infuriated heckling of a member of the audience, who shouted: ‘we don’t need nice!!’. [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The world trembled with China

“When China wakes, the world will tremble”. Napoleon, in one of the variants of the famous quote attributed to him while in exile on St. Helena in 1816, recommended to “let her sleep”. But China has since awakened, or re-awakened, because this is merely the return to a state [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europe gets more unicorns

Although improving on them, Europe is short of unicorns. These are technology startups  –so called like the myth because they are rare and not numerous–, that have increased quickly in value by more than one billion USD based on fundraising. There are now more of them, in a world dominated by the US, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The New Silk Road passes through Iran

The agreement between the six world powers and Iran is important not only because it will prevent a war or a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, but because it paves the way for reintegrating the country into both regional and global frameworks. But this does not mean [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Bad is better than worst, but Europe has lost out in the endeavour

The Eurozone, and by extension the EU, has avoided a serious trip-up with Greece, although the danger is by no means past on what will be a long and difficult road ahead, at a very high cost to the Greeks and to the European project itself. Nevertheless, the third [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The Caliphate, an idea with a territory

The West, and several governments in the Middle East, have made a serious error of judgement with Daesh, the self-styled Islamic State or ISIS. They have looked at it from the terrorist perspective alone, equating it with al-Qaeda. But it is, in fact, a very different kettle of fish. [...]

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 [...]

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