Monthly Archive: October 2019

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega 1989, 30 years on: from the Iron Curtain to digital curtains

The night of 8 November 1989, 30 years ago, witnessed not only the breaching of a wall, the Berlin Wall (a key element of the Iron curtain), but also the birth of a hope, the hope that freedom and democracy would flourish. Not long afterwards the Soviet Union collapsed, [...]

Asia-Pacific global presence: the emerged region

The Elcano Global Presence Index includes 19 countries from the Asia-Pacific region, 99.5% of the region’s GDP and 96.7 % of its population.  By regions, Asia-Pacific ranks now third in the global presence ranking (with an index value close to that of North America), after recording an impressive growth [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Trump first, America less

More than three decades ago the political scientist Robert Putnam developed a theory of conflict, based on game theory, involving ‘two levels’, the foreign or international level, and the domestic level: in order to broker agreements, negotiators have to reach a winning consensus among all the players on the [...]

Spanish citizens and Climate Change

Spain is both a climate hot spot and one of the largest GHG emitters in the EU-28 (see table 1). It does not yet have a framework Climate Change and Energy Transition Law, despite its commitment at COP21 in Paris back in 2015. Acceptance of such a law by [...]

Spain 2.0. A policy in search of a government

The upcoming elections in Spain gives the opportunity to talk about the future vision of the Spanish economy. In this vision, digitalisation should place a central role. This post outlines why digitalisation is important, why investing in digital infrastructure is not enough, and why the EU single market is [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Trump thrives on polarisation

The US may end losing a President if the investigation launched by the Democrats in the House of Representatives leads to an impeachment, although such an outcome would be unlikely owing to the Republican majority in the Senate. What it has certainly lost, and for some time now, is [...]

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