Yearly Archive: 2020

Ideology and support for climate and energy transition policies in Spain

The COVID-19 pandemic and climate change have been argued to share the problem of exponential growth, in expansion and in emissions, that runs against the hard limits of the health system in the case of the coronavirus and against planetary boundaries in the case of climate change. Attention is [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The deglobalisation virus

Coronavirus and the way of trying to control its effects, including the way of thinking about it, is bringing the world to a standstill (barring conflicts such as Syria and its refugees, Libya and even Iraq), a standstill that entails tremendous risks. It is not that coronavirus has put [...]

Spain goes digital

I’ve finally installed double glazing in my home. Two companies came to give me quotes. One company measured the size of the windows digitally. The information on the length and width of the windows was sent to their IT system which, together with the cost of the materials, produced [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europe’s ‘sovereignty fever’

In the midst of rivalry between the world’s great powers, or perhaps precisely because of it, ‘European sovereignty’ has become the new watchword and new aspiration of certain prominent EU leaders, from the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to the French President, Emmanuel Macron. Or [...]

Big Tech companies and States: policy or politics?

In January 2020, Microsoft announced the creation of a permanent delegation at the United Nations in New York City. The goal is to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals on key technology, humanitarian, environmental, development, and security issues. The same company also appointed for the first-time a (Danish) diplomat [...]

The ‘cyber’ priorities among the MENA States

In the context of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, access to cyberspace by states and societies poses risks to security across systems, services and infrastructure. Despite measurable progress in this regard, that is to say, in securing both undisturbed access to and use of the cyberspace, [...]

Geopolitically or not, the new EU fears and needs China

The new European Commission is set to be geopolitical. Ursula von der Leyen, the Commission President, wants the EU to become more active in the international arena, even assertive if needed. In a context of increasing hostility between two world powers, the US and China, and the rise of [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Domestic politics / foreign policy

‘All politics is local’, observed Tip O’Neill, speaker of the US House of Representatives in the 1980s. Foreign policy and domestic politics and policy are intimately linked. Thus, the foreign arena is used to defend domestic interests, and the course of domestic politics determines various factors abroad. This involves [...]

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