Yearly Archive: 2019

Spain through the eyes of an FT correspondent

Journalism is said to be the first rough draft of history. When Financial Times (FT) journalist Tobias Buck took up his post in Madrid at the end of 2012, Spain was in the throes of crises on three fronts that were superimposed on one another like Russian nesting dolls: [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The EU’s strange institutional renewal

Europe, the EU, is not doing as badly as is often claimed. But institutional imbalances are emerging that may trigger a crisis. The turnout for the elections to the European Parliament was 51%, eight percentage points higher than last time, halting a steady decline since 1979, thanks in part [...]

A historic battle of wills

The nomination of Ursula von der Leyen is a victory for those who act like the Austro-Hungarian Emperors of days gone by, freely designating the head of government of their choice. The extreme difficulty the European Council has faced in reaching a consensus over the EU’s new top jobs [...]

The Middle East global presence: between Latin America and Africa

The Elcano Global Presence Index includes all countries of the Middle East, with the exception of Bahrein and Palestine. Affected by a variety of conflicts, such as those of Syria and Yemen, the region ranks 5th and has the lowest growth since 1990 after Latin America. Two major poles [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega G20 not paralysed by 5G

In Osaka, the meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping and the summit proper of the G20 leaders averted catastrophe, but still a number of swords of Damocles dangle over a world that is becoming more fragmented, and not only because of the clash between the US and China. [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The US vs. China: towards two opposing ecosystems

The relatively abrupt clash between China and the US could leave its mark on the rest of the world in years to come, reordering or rather disordering it even more, and dividing it into mutually incompatible ecosystems, owing to distinct technological –but also economic and political– standards. It is [...]

Europe is not behind China and the US in 5G technology

The past months, dominated by news about the current trade and tech war between the US and China, have generated a strong public perception in Europe that the Old Continent has dropped behind China and the US in 5G, the key technology for the Internet of things (including self-driving [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The EU: the chance for a fresh impetus

The EU’s enormous problems and many and complex divisions are still present: they have not faded away. There have been no miracles, but the recent elections to the European Parliament have changed many things, and despite, or because of, the fragmentation they have created, they could represent a political [...]

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