Yearly Archive: 2015

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 [...]

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 [...]

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