Brexit

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europe’s ‘sovereignty fever’

In the midst of rivalry between the world’s great powers, or perhaps precisely because of it, ‘European sovereignty’ has become the new watchword and new aspiration of certain prominent EU leaders, from the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to the French President, Emmanuel Macron. Or [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Domestic politics / foreign policy

‘All politics is local’, observed Tip O’Neill, speaker of the US House of Representatives in the 1980s. Foreign policy and domestic politics and policy are intimately linked. Thus, the foreign arena is used to defend domestic interests, and the course of domestic politics determines various factors abroad. This involves [...]

In mourning for Brexit

Brexiteers will be celebrating the UK’s departure from the EU this evening with considerable fanfare. There will be a light show in Downing Street, featuring a clock face counting down the minutes until 11pm –midnight Brussels time– when the country leaves with a withdrawal deal. Union Jack flags will [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The decade of disillusion

The decade that has just ended, the 2010s, was marked by the crisis that began in 2007-08, accompanied by the onset of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The effects of both will extend well into the 2020s, now underway. It was the decade of profound digitalisation but also of disillusion [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega From Brexit to Great Singapore in Europe

In the wake of Boris Johnson’s resounding victory in the British election, Brexit looks set to happen on the date envisaged, 31 January, and on the terms agreed. But Brexit (the UK’s formal departure from the EU), despite all the energy spent on it, has only just begun. The [...]

No electoral system is perfect, but some seem fairer

Spaniards rightly complain they have had four general elections in the last four years, a record for an EU country, because politicians have been unable to form a sustainable government, while the British are equally fed up with their politicians, albeit for very different reasons (Brexit). In both cases, [...]

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

When a widely respected and experienced politician such as Chris Patten, a former Conservative British minister and European Commissioner for External Affairs, suggests that the UK is becoming a failed state it cannot be readily dismissed as an aberration. We normally associate failed states with countries such as Somalia [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega What to look out for in the European elections

On the 23rd and 26th of May more than 400 million Europeans are due to vote in one of the largest democratic undertakings in the world (India’s is larger still) to elect the European Parliament, a chamber that co-legislates with the European Council on many matters, and acts as [...]

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