Yearly Archive: 2018

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega US unemployment: good, but…

The latest official unemployment figure in the US, released in September, stood at 3.7%, a figure unheard of since 1969, which puts it on the brink of full employment. Or does it? Because despite the data, and annual GDP growth of 4.2%, there is widespread malaise in US society [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega 2018, a lost year for Europe

There was a time when it was hoped that 2018 would be the year in which the EU, the project, would get back on track. The economic crisis had been surmounted, albeit with aftereffects. In France, Emmanuel Macron was elected President in May 2017 on a platform of relaunching [...]

A tale of Africa’s behaviour in Elcano Global Presence Index

The Elcano Global Presence Index is calculated and updated yearly. Ten new countries are added to the Index database every year. This means that we now have records of global presence index value, contributions (of the economic, military and soft dimension to countries’ external projection) and quotas (held by [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Half the world is middle class

The middle and wealthy classes now account for more than half the world’s population, rather more than 3.8 billion people, a majority. This is the conclusion of a World Data Lab report covering 97% of the world’s population and published on the Brookings Institution blog. This is a clear [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega If the UK stays

The prospect is again being raised of Brexit not taking place and the UK remaining in the EU. Negotiations are at an impasse, the opposition Labour Party’s attitude has changed and public opinion is shifting. The motion passed at the annual Labour Party conference in Liverpool last week leaves [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The G20 and the management of global goods

The G20, which accounts for 85% of the world’s GDP, 80% of its trade and two thirds of its population, is not an institution as such but a mechanism for coordinating and driving policies. Since the financial crisis that erupted 10 years ago, it has used its summits of [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Trump against the future of China

It is not only a question of trade deficits or repatriating companies and jobs to the US. The main and most strategic reason for the war being waged by the Trump Administration on Beijing is not trade but halting, or at least containing, China in its race for technological [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The Europeanisation of the anti-Europeans

They are gaining ground in general elections. The most recent stride forwards was on Sunday by the Sweden Democrats, who increased their share of the vote from 12% to 17.6%, cementing their place as the third largest party. But the big prize being eyed by the anti-European and xenophobic [...]

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