Yearly Archive: 2015

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 [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Latin America: time well employed, time wasted

Latin America –many of its countries, states and companies– have taken advantage of the economic growth of recent years to boost the creation of a middle class which, in turn, should be the basis for future development. In this respect, the region has made good use of its time. [...]

Sectarianism in Bahrain and the New Middle East Cold War

The current Middle East seems to be on the verge of collapse and the revival of the Sunni-Shia divide appears to be the main culprit. The Arab Spring uprisings have altered the existing balance of power and accentuated the sectarian differences in the region. In this context, some states [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The Obama Doctrine: diplomacy with force in the background

Burma, before; Iran and Cuba, now. In his relations with these countries, at the end of his second term, Obama is defining a new foreign policy. In his own words, the Obama Doctrine means: ‘We will engage, but we will preserve our capabilities’. That is to say, diplomacy first, [...]

The conflictive centenaries of the Armenian ‘genocide’ and Gallipoli

Dates that for decades have commemorated significant events, particularly tragic ones, such as Remembrance Day in the UK (commonly known as Poppy Day) on 11 November, when the country remembers those who died in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts, are sacred and never moved. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Elections in the UK: Europe is not the issue, but the consequence

The 7 May elections in the UK, the most competitive in recent decades, are not mainly about Europe, but about other issues such as cuts (bigger or smaller, but cuts nevertheless) in public spending, taxes, public health and education, living standards and immigration. But they will have consequences for [...]

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