Yearly Archive: 2017

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The EU: (almost) everybody wants to be in everything

Some time ago the European Commission presented five scenarios for the future of Europe: (1) carrying on; (2) nothing but the Single Market; (3) those who want more, do more; (4) doing less more efficiently; and (5) doing much more together. It seemed that the scenario with the best [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega 100 years after the Russian Revolution: central planning with big data?

At a time when the centenary of the Russian Revolution is being commemorated, it is worth asking what (even greater) degree of control and repression would the system have been able to attain had it had access to the instruments that the Internet and associated technologies now provide? In [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega European solidarity for Catalonia

The EU –its institutions and member states– has supported the Spanish government in its dispute with the separatists of Catalonia. It has done so, among other reasons, in defence of its own interests, which do not include the breaking away of territories, far less if it involves flouting existing [...]

Germany shifting to the right

And now Germany: similarly to most other European countries, the Federal Republic will now also have a right-wing party decisively present in its national parliament. The 13% share of the vote achieved by Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in the 24 September elections could almost be called a landslide victory. [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega «America First» undermines the West

Just a few months into his presidency Donald Trump has pulled out of the Paris climate change agreement, consigned the Trans-Pacific Partnership –which took years to negotiate– to oblivion, withdrawn the US from UNESCO, allowed the future of the nuclear deal with Iran –and possible new sanctions– to be [...]

Two to tango: the unchanging complexity of Turkey-EU relations

Always business as usual? Another European Council meeting went by, with no substantial changes regarding Turkey-EU relations. Despite the very high degree of criticism that Turkey has garnered and that its relations with some Member States are at their worst ever, its EU accession framework is still in place [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega A time of general distrust

Distrust permeates our societies: distrust in governments, in parliaments, in the news media, and even corporations have lost ground in this respect. Trust in senior executives has fallen by 12 percentage points in one year, to 37%, mainly because of the way businesses are perceived and how they treat [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Social media in China: the regime is more concerned about what people do than what they say

The Internet is essential to a country like China, riding high on the great wave of technology. But it gives the regime the headache of control. Apart from its Great Firewall, the Chinese state runs an elaborate system of censorship and manipulation of social media. It has just proved [...]
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