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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 [...]

Europe’s choice: what lies ahead?

The new political reality has been evident now for some time. The world is changing, and so is Europe. The days of a permissive consensus are long gone and there are a number of political parties trying to exploit and capitalise on change. It is clear that in 2019 [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The nostalgic

Is nostalgia something negative? Not necessarily. But in our time, even more so than in earlier times, it is very easy to manipulate politically. Remembering times past, said Marcel Proust, does not mean remembering times as they were in the past. The past also reinvents itself because, as Antonio [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega An EU fund for adapting to the technological revolution

Technological transformations of all kinds, but especially artificial intelligence (AI), so closely linked as it is to automation, raise the prospect of doing things that could never have been done before, and doing other things better, but could lead to –indeed are leading to– serious disruptions in the job [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Politics is incapable of solving Brexit

Brexit was an essentially political issue, but British politics is incapable of resolving it. Not just the withdrawal agreement, which has an uncertain fate, but what will come next. And it is incapable because the two largest parties, Conservatives and Labour, are deeply divided one from the other and [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega ‘Yellow vests’: the first rebellion against the ecological transition

The relatively modest but nevertheless paralysing movement of the gilets jaunes, or ‘yellow vests’, has caught France, and French politics, off guard. It could be argued that it is Europe’s first rebellion against the ecological transition, to an economy free of fossil fuels, with the EU heralding the beginning [...]

When strongmen personalise foreign and security policy: the US and Turkey

When looking at the recent past in world politics, not only has Britain voted for Brexit and the US electorate chose Donald Trump for the world’s most powerful office, but there has been a noticeable democratic regression in both the EU and NATO. Autocratic tendencies and nationalism have made [...]

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