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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega What to look out for in the European elections

On the 23rd and 26th of May more than 400 million Europeans are due to vote in one of the largest democratic undertakings in the world (India’s is larger still) to elect the European Parliament, a chamber that co-legislates with the European Council on many matters, and acts as [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega European elections and Brexit: pause, forwards or stop

Brexit lends itself not to crystal-ball gazing but, at most, to conjecture. And so it goes on. But the new timetable imposed by the 27 on Theresa May could trigger unexpected internal dynamics in the UK, particularly with the prospect of elections to the European Parliament. For now, and [...]

Ashamed to be British

‘This happy breed of men, this little world … this England’, famously proclaims John of Gaunt in Shakespeare’s play Richard II. More than 400 years later, the United Kingdom is far from being a ‘happy breed of men’ (or women), thanks to the Brexit fiasco. I left the UK [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europe lifts its Chinese veil

After years of treating it as a ‘strategic partner’, the European Commission has released a strategy document, with the formal backing of the European Council, describing China as an ‘economic competitor’ and a ‘systemic rival’. The veil has been lifted from what Emmanuel Macron has called ‘Europe’s naivety’ towards [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The ‘Google Tax’, a missed opportunity for the EU

Existing tax rules were not designed for the new digital economy or for the business models that are being established. Many companies are digital or conduct a major part of their business in the digital sphere. Nine out of the world’s 20 largest companies by market capitalisation are digital, [...]

Listen to the people and revoke Article 50

With only one week to go for the 29 March Brexit deadline, we still do not know what will happen. This is extraordinary, but certainly not unexpected. Many of us have always said that Brexit will end up like Grexit, and, unfortunately, our predictions have been confirmed. This is [...]

An unfair tax policy de-legitimizes the EU

On 12 March, the ECOFIN failed to approve the Commission proposal for a Directive laying down rules relating to the corporate taxation of a significant digital presence. Denmark, Finland, Ireland and Sweden blocked the adoption of a proposal supported, inter alia, by France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Shielded behind [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The return of industrial policy: more European than Europeanist

A Spanish Minister said in the 1990s that ‘the best industrial policy is one that doesn’t exist’. Although Carlos Solchaga oversaw a courageous and tough bout of industrial restructuring, it is unlikely that such an affirmation would find much favour today amid European concerns about the Fourth Industrial Revolution [...]

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