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The Mediterranean refugee crisis: obstacles to an effective European action

One of the main questions in tackling the issue of immigration lies in its very definition. Currently, the EU seems to consider it more as a matter of social and international security rather than a humanitarian plague. Still, there are many other factors that seem to slow the achievement [...]

Iran, Libya, Turkey, and COVID-19: a ‘geopolitical Commission’ put to the test

Shortly after taking office as the new President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen pledged to lead a ‘geopolitical Commission’, as opposed to a “political Commission”. Since then, the European Commission has identified ‘a stronger Europe in the world’ as one of its key priorities for its [...]

Germany shifting to the right

And now Germany: similarly to most other European countries, the Federal Republic will now also have a right-wing party decisively present in its national parliament. The 13% share of the vote achieved by Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) in the 24 September elections could almost be called a landslide victory. [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The reversibility of Europe

Since 1972, 58 referendums have been held on the EU, whether on joining it, extending it or governing it. As a report from Notre Europe points out, almost all had consequences (one of the exceptions was Spain’s 2005 referendum on the treaty establishing a constitution for Europe, a project [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Everyone’s off to a Warsaw under scrutiny

These are matters of calendars, which are planned a long time in advance. But a NATO summit is to be held in Warsaw on 8 and 9 July, attended by Obama, who will also take part in another summit with the EU (whose European Council President, Donald Tusk, a [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Woman with leadership skills needed for complex global organisation

After a succession of eight men it seems the time may have come for one of the most difficult diplomatic jobs on the planet, that of UN Secretary-General, to go to a woman. The Danish diplomat Mogens Lykketoff, current (until September) President of the General Assembly –the body charged [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europe: too many crises for so little leadership

The EU is accumulating crises without managing to resolve them: weak economic growth; the Greek crisis that continues unsolved and now storm clouds gathering over the German banking industry; the prospect of Brexit; not to mention, of course, the refugee crisis. Too many for a Europe lacking leadership. And [...]

EU in marriage of convenience with Turkey over migrants

Turkey and the EU struck a bargain under which the country whose European Union accession process has virtually ground to a halt will stem migrant flows to Europe in return for €3 billion in aid, fast-tracked visa privileges and the prospect of revived EU talks. Turkey is the key [...]

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