Climate action rules at COP 24: where the rubber hits the road

The mandate for COP 24 is to finalise a rulebook that will bring the Paris Agreement alive.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega ‘Yellow vests’: the first rebellion against the ecological transition

A few extra cents on fuel cannot explain the anger. Macron recognised the tension between the ‘end of the world’ and the ‘end of the month’.

When strongmen personalise foreign and security policy: the US and Turkey

In the absence of credible alternatives, the trend towards the appearance of ‘strongmen’ is spreading. The US and Turkey are two cases in point to consider.

The CEO who is changing Algeria’s energy landscape

The new Sonatrach team’s reformist spirit opens a window of opportunity to establish a closer cooperation framework between the EU and Algeria.

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

Age has become a key factor in politics, both in the US and in Europe, but young people hold more sway in the former than in the latter.

Present or powerful? A comparison of the Best Countries ranking and the Elcano Global Presence Index

The comparison of rankings or index values of power with those of global presence might be showing which countries are punching above or below their weight.

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

The feeling is that Chinese investment is putting Sri Lanka on the map and that suddenly everyone is now interested in coming.

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. Nothing is yet assured.

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