Yearly Archive: 2015

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Ukraine: the peace hiding behind the ceasefire

If consolidating a ceasefire in the eastern Ukraine will be difficult, making peace will be even more so. Nevertheless, although there are elements for a stable peace in what was negotiated at Minsk, it remains to be seen if, not Russia, but the government in Kiev –and the Ukrainian [...]

Back to growth in the EU. Will this have an impact on global presence?

A few days ago, the European Commission launched its GDP forecasts for next year. Good news are (hopefully) all 28 member states of the EU will record positive variations of their GDP in 2015 for the first time since the crisis erupted. What does this mean for EU’s global [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Putin and his supporters at Europe’s political extremes

Not only Russia, but Vladimir Putin himself, is gaining influential supporters in Europe. The political extremes –should they be called populists?–, especially on the right, are pro-Putin. To the left, the triumph of Syriza has reinforced Greece’s usual pro-Russian stance which, of course, also has a religious basis in [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Dignity by 2030: no hunger and no extreme poverty

Despite the long and hard road that lies ahead, the world is a better place today than in 2000. It is closer to complying with some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) that the countries meeting at the UN set for the end of 2015. The General Assembly will [...]

Think tanks and universities: what, why and how?

What are think tanks, and what is the nature of the relationship between them and the old universities from which almost all think tankers hail? This is a brief and very provisional attempt to think through how think tanks operate, and how they relate to the traditional universities with [...]

The Energiewende and Germany’s Industrial Policy

The Energiewende is bringing about fundamental changes to Germany’s energy mix through short, medium and long term targets. Yet despite numerous studies, there is still a lack of clarity about the driving forces behind this energy transition. Reports of these drivers vary considerably, touching upon affordability, import dependency and [...]

How to fix the euro

The latest Global Go To Think Thanks Report released by the University of Pennsylvania has ranked the joint Elcano-Chatham House-Arel Report ‘How to Fix the Euro: Strengthening Economic Governance in Europe’ as number two in the world for 2013-2014. As two of the co-authors, we are pleased to see that [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Tsipras’ responsibility… and Europe’s also

Alexis Tsipras, who will be the new Greek Prime Minister, and his radical-left coalition Syriza emphatically won last Sunday’s election, although two seats short of an absolute majority. For the first time one of the so-called populist movements, in this case from the left, has won a general election [...]

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