European Union / Europe

Posts on the European Union and Europe.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The EU’s global normative influence

Who said that the EU was powerless in the face of a globalisation it had itself promoted, and that in its technological aspects had become Americanised (along with growing Chinese influence)? The EU is proving to have a capacity for global influence on normative issues. Its internal regulations are [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Britain: devoid of a project

The agreement on the first phase points indirectly, by way of Ulster, to a soft Brexit, involving somehow remaining within the Single Market and the . But apart from leaving the EU, and without knowing clearly on what terms, the UK is devoid of a vision of its place [...]

Sedition in Catalonia (3): a solution

The Catalan pro-independence movement is broad and heterogeneous. Its glue is a formidable idea: the sentiment of having the chance to build a new country from scratch. It is like having a blank sheet in front of your eyes and filling it with one’s dreams and desires. The petite [...]

Sedition in Catalonia (2): nationalism vs cultural diversity

It is often claimed that the trigger of the recent independentist surge was the Constitutional Court’s rejection in 2010 of some of the key articles of the new Catalan Statute of 2006, which had been approved by the Catalan Parliament with two-thirds support, by the Spanish Parliament with an [...]

Sedition in Catalonia (1): on the brink

As a Spanish and European citizen, I write these lines mired in profound sadness. Something has gone wrong in my country. I ask myself how can it be that Catalonia, one of the most prosperous, autonomous, cosmopolitan, modern and attractive regions on earth, is about to jump over a [...]

The United Kingdom is Spain’s major global partner

With an index value of 204.1 points, Spain ranks 12th (out of 100 countries) in the latest edition of Elcano Global Presence Index –that assesses countries according to their external projection in the economic, strategic and cultural and social spheres–. Spain has considerably increased its global presence between 1990 [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The EU: (almost) everybody wants to be in everything

Some time ago the European Commission presented five scenarios for the future of Europe: (1) carrying on; (2) nothing but the Single Market; (3) those who want more, do more; (4) doing less more efficiently; and (5) doing much more together. It seemed that the scenario with the best [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega European solidarity for Catalonia

The EU –its institutions and member states– has supported the Spanish government in its dispute with the separatists of Catalonia. It has done so, among other reasons, in defence of its own interests, which do not include the breaking away of territories, far less if it involves flouting existing [...]
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