Pirates (of football) in the Gulf versus Qatar’s soft power

A dispute between Arab neighbours has turned into a battle of sports rights that extends as far as Spain’s top-flight football competition

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Election-free changes

In a matter of months, three major European countries have coincidentally seen changes of leadership and political direction without election being held.

The UK and Brexit: a failed or a failing state?

When a politician such as Chris Patten suggests that the UK is becoming a failed state it cannot be readily dismissed as an aberration.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The US versus China: the names of things

The US is engaged in redesigning its policy towards China –although it is still not clear– and Beijing is responding. What should it be called?

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, 80 years on

The 23rd of August marks the 80th anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact between Adolf Hitler’s Germany and Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union.

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.

Spain through the eyes of an FT correspondent

When FT journalist Tobias Buck took up his post at the end of 2012, Spain was in the throes of crises. By the time he left in 2017, it was back on its feet.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The EU’s strange institutional renewal

Europe, the EU, is not doing as badly as is often claimed. But institutional imbalances are emerging that may trigger a crisis.

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