International economics

The Odd Anatomy of the Euro

I have spent more than ten years studying the evolution of the European Monetary Union (yes, even my Master dissertation at the University of Manchester written in 2004 was on the single currency). During all this time I have had many moments where I was lost in my thoughts, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The TTIP slows down

The TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, is one of the most ambitious projects on the US and EU agendas, not only in economic but also in geopolitical terms, given what it can mean to those involved, and even to those who will not be part of it. [...]

Financial crises and flushing toilets

Last week I was at the International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention in New Orleans (Louisiana). The ISA is the most important gathering of International Relations (IR) and International Political Economy (IPE) scholars in the world. Usually there are thousands of delegates and hundreds of panels, and this time [...]

How to fix the euro

The latest Global Go To Think Thanks Report released by the University of Pennsylvania has ranked the joint Elcano-Chatham House-Arel Report ‘How to Fix the Euro: Strengthening Economic Governance in Europe’ as number two in the world for 2013-2014. As two of the co-authors, we are pleased to see that [...]

Investor-State Dispute Settlement and the TTIP: still a thorn in European negotiators’ sides

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations, which aim to create a free trade area between the EU and the US, have been mired in many controversies since kicking off in July 2013. But arguably the most damaging to the negotiations has been the potential inclusion of investor-state [...]

How much Spanish sovereign debt does China hold?

After years trying to find out the currency composition of China’s foreign reserves portfolio (a topic mired in the outmost secrecy), I thought finding out who holds Spanish sovereign debt would be an easier job. Not least because we Europeans tend to think or at least pretend we are [...]

The BRICS bank: the first big move in China’s global weiqi game

The coming weekend a number of senior officials of the BRICS will arrive to Brazil. Most of them will try to attend the football world cup final on Sunday, but enjoying the atmosphere of the Maracaná stadium will not be the highlight of their visit. After the weekend they [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega BRIC nationalism

The election of Narendra Modi and his BJP party in India has marked the arrival of another nationalist –or, rather, an even more nationalist, as they have all been so-, at the head of a BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China; let’s leave South Africa out for the time [...]

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