Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Double majority in the European Union

The voting system in the Council by a double majority of states and populations in the European Union came into effect on 1 November

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Global Germany at 25

25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the German government has declared its intention of gaining a more active role in the world for Germany.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega 1989, much more than the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall fell 25 years ago. That, but not only that, changed the world.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Globalisation’s re-Americanisation

The US now appears to be regaining lost ground in the globalisation thanks to a re-industrialisation.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Cheaper oil, geopolitical effects

Oil has already dropped to three-quarters of the price it had in June. This may have economic consequences: some wished for while others are to be feared.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Can China become a democracy?

Hong Kong’s students have shaken a world that is right now far from needing a crisis in China, despite the protesters have awakened sympathies in the West. But Hong Kong is not China. And the big question is not whether Hong Kong can become democratic but whether China can.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Islamic State: terrorism and insurgency

The Islamic State (IS) is a practitioner of terrorism even more terrible than al-Qaeda as it has recently amply demonstrated. It is also an insurgent movement and an army, and unless that is understood the strategy carried out by the US will fail.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The other necessary international coalition: against the Ebola epidemic

The international coalition against the Ebola epidemic is slowly being built upon the accumulation of mistakes made in the recent past.

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