International economics

RMB internationalization and the BRI: reality or fantasy?

The world’s largest trading nation and second largest economy, China, and its monetary and macroeconomic policy, has rightfully commanded a growing amount of attention over the past couple of decades. In line with this trend, there has been a great deal of scholarship focusing on Chinese attempts to internationalize [...]

The consequences of COVID-19 on developing and emerging economies

Dealing with COVID-19 as an illness poses a challenge to every nation but the challenges faced by developing and emerging economies (emerging market and developing economies, EMDEs) are different. Healthcare is limited: whist developed markets spend, on average 14% of GDP on health in emerging markets, expenditure is just [...]

Spain 2.0. A policy in search of a government

The upcoming elections in Spain gives the opportunity to talk about the future vision of the Spanish economy. In this vision, digitalisation should place a central role. This post outlines why digitalisation is important, why investing in digital infrastructure is not enough, and why the EU single market is [...]

Inequality in Spain: let’s focus on the poor

The debate on inequality has intensified in Spain in the aftermath of the economic crisis. There is good reason for that. As the European Commission keeps warning, Spain is one of the most unequal countries in the EU. If we take the disposable income ratio between the richest and [...]

Europe is not behind China and the US in 5G technology

The past months, dominated by news about the current trade and tech war between the US and China, have generated a strong public perception in Europe that the Old Continent has dropped behind China and the US in 5G, the key technology for the Internet of things (including self-driving [...]

Is Sri Lanka caught in China’s ‘debt trap’? A view from the ground

Last week I had the opportunity to visit Sri Lanka thanks to an invitation from the Bandarainaike Centre for International Studies, based in Colombo, and the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka. It was obviously an exercise in public diplomacy by the Chinese Government. The official aim of the exercise [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Trump against the future of China

It is not only a question of trade deficits or repatriating companies and jobs to the US. The main and most strategic reason for the war being waged by the Trump Administration on Beijing is not trade but halting, or at least containing, China in its race for technological [...]

In the antechamber of a multi-front trade war

The US president, Donald J. Trump, has extended the deadline given to the European Union (EU) by one month, until the beginning of June, before applying the announced tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, which he claims represent a threat to national security. This has allowed for the intense [...]

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