Monthly Archive: April 2017

Climate finance: definition, integration, alignment, scaling and disclosure imperatives

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reminded us earlier this year that in order to avoid dangerous interference with the climate system we need to do (at least) three things: implement Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), strengthen the economic case for climate [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Open France vs closed France, on the rise vs in decline, new vs old

If the first round of the presidential elections was a confrontation between an open and a closed conception of France, rather than right against left, the run-off on 7 May between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will be even more so. With the likely victory of the former, [...]

Spain finally bounces back – after nine years

At some point before the summer Spain will regain its pre-crisis (2008) GDP level. This will doubtless be the cause of some celebration in the conservative Popular Party (PP) government, which for the last six years has been getting to grips with the problems. Spain’s Great Recession, following the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Technology: the great Chinese game of go

It is well known that the game of go (weiqi in Chinese), which was invented in China, is a game of positions, of gaining territory, rather than the movements of chess. Beijing is launching its technology strategy on a not dissimilar board, which has alarmed some in the West [...]

Different speeds? Not so fast!

Brexit is leading some governments to regard the idea of European integration at various speeds as something inevitable. This is due above all to there being no consensus among the remaining 27 about the speed at which to advance, and the EU cannot now allow itself to proceed at [...]

Mental borders and the clash of ignorance

Humanity is on its way to settling in a global village. In a world where physical distances become shorter and information flows at top speed, the concept of borders takes on different forms. There are physical and political borders which are built to separate those who are different, or [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega India’s brutal demonetisation was not so bad after all

  While all eyes were trained on the presidential elections in the US, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, made a surprise television announcement on 8 November: all 500 and 1,000 rupee notes (worth some €7 and €14, respectively), accounting for 86% of all the cash in circulation, were [...]
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