Monthly Archive: April 2016

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Obama, the nuclear weaponising deweaponiser

In 2009 the Norwegian Nobel Committee bestowed the Nobel Peace Prize on Barack Obama for, among other reasons, ‘the special importance’ of the US President’s ‘vision of and work for a world without nuclear weapons’. The prize’s recipient had sketched out this vision some months previously in a speech [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega And Western protectionism came to pass…in a world of digital flows

In the presidential primaries in the US, volley after volley has been fired against the opening up of American trade, albeit with nuances and more than a few provisos. Donald Trump proposes a 45% tariff on Chinese imports. Hillary Clinton, despite expressing previous support, now harbours serious doubts about [...]

Ukraine, Russia and the sanctions: ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’

Next July the European Union will decide whether it renews its economic sanctions against Russia. The sanctions are linked to the fulfilment of the Minsk II agreement, which contemplates a ceasefire and the introduction by the Ukrainian government of a parcel of constitutional reform measures designed to guarantee the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Tax evasion and avoidance: a global problem

The revelations of the so-called Panama papers, comprising 11.5 million documents from the law firm Mossack Fonseca, have again brought to the fore the degree of corruption in certain countries and the problems generated by tax havens, some very close to Spain –in Europe itself–, and which neither the [...]

Spain’s failure yet again to meet budget deficit target strains relations with Brussels

The conservative Popular Party (PP) government widely failed to meet the 2015 budget deficit target agreed with the European Commission (EC), leaving a daunting legacy for the next administration, whenever there is one, further eroding Spain’s credibility and straining relations with Brussels which will be asked for more time [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega An odd Dutch referendum on the Ukraine: another European crisis on the horizon?

The Dutch will be voting tomorrow, 6 April, in an odd referendum that could trigger another institutional crisis in Europe: the vote concerns the Association Agreement between the Ukraine and the EU, signed in 2014 and currently being applied only provisionally and in part. The opinion polls have alternated [...]
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