Global Spectator

«Global Spectator» is a weekly contribution on current international affairs by Andrés Ortega for the Elcano Blog.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Destabilising the Middle East by absence

It has never, at least since the fall of the Ottoman Empire, been stable. Instability is endemic to the Middle East, a region that suffers, as many have pointed out, from a surfeit of history, although new layers continue to be added. Relative stability has come from outside in [...]

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 Globalisation 4.0: people-centred

Globalisation and the technological revolution go hand-in-hand, in a way that is now inseparable. But they both need to revolve around human beings, thereby becoming more inclusive, reconnecting the rhythm of the economy with the rhythm of society, or at least some societies. In other words, they need to [...]

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 [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The young have more sway in the US than in Europe

A significant number of young people seem to have mobilised against Trump in the US mid-term elections held on 6 November, which swept the Democrats to power in the House of Representatives although the Republicans retained their majority in the Senate. Elsewhere, contrary to what was initially claimed, young [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Brexit’s bad bargain: losing sovereignty

Perhaps the draft Brexit agreement reached by the UK and EU negotiators is the best possible under the circumstances, as both Theresa May and Michel Barnier have claimed. More accurately it could be said to be the least bad because –as pointed out by Donald Tusk, President of the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega A Contract to remedy the web

The Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) were at first almost utopian, at least when they escaped the confines of their military and academic origins and opened up to the general public. Almost 30 years later, the explosion in connectivity, information and transparency has been overshadowed by various [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The radical right lacks an International

The radical right is on the rise in a range of democracies, from Europe to Brazil, from the US to the Philippines. It is globalising rather than internationalising. There seems to have been a co-occurrence of issues and strategies, rather than an organised global movement, despite the efforts of [...]

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