Monthly Archive: March 2017

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega 28 March 2019: no end in sight for Brexit

The date is 28 March 2019. There is one day left before the two years stipulated by the treaty for the UK’s departure from the EU expire; two years will have elapsed since 29 March 2017 when the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, triggered the famous Article 50 by [...]

Foreign policy means and ends: results of the Global Diplomacy Index and the Elcano Global Presence Index

The Lowy Institute for International Policy has published the 2016 edition of its Global Diplomacy Index. This index calculates the number of diplomatic representations of each G20 and/or OECD country in the rest of the G20/OECD network, including embassies and high commissions (for Commonwealth countries), consulates, or representations to [...]

A new deal for Europe

The concept of a ‘multi-speed Europe’ –the idea that some EU member states should move ahead with more integration despite the resistance or lack of interest of others– is back. At least it is in the rhetoric of some European leaders. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the French [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega (Dis)information warfare

A rumour has been going round on social media lately concerning the rape of a teenager near the place in Lithuania where 1,000 or so NATO troops under German command are stationed. The fake news item –which the allies and the Lithuanian government once again attribute to a Russia [...]

Understanding the Dutch elections following the dispute with Turkey

Critical elections for the European Union As many scholars and analysts have underlined in countless articles, the year 2017 will be one of the toughest for the EU given the number of critical elections to be held. Three of the Union’s six founder-members are going to the ballot box, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega European defence: not so much spending more, but spending better

There was no need to wait for a prod from either Trump or Putin, but perhaps the inducement provided by Brexit was necessary. Europe –some of its states at least– needs to spend a little more on defence, but above all to spend better, something that has not always [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Sixty years on, the EU drifts aimlessly and soullessly

On 25 March, after a prior meeting this weekend of the European Council devoted essentially to economic growth and employment, the 27 members (the UK, on the verge of triggering the Brexit process, will not attend) are set to hold a special summit in the Italian capital to commemorate [...]
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