digital economy

Spain goes digital

I’ve finally installed double glazing in my home. Two companies came to give me quotes. One company measured the size of the windows digitally. The information on the length and width of the windows was sent to their IT system which, together with the cost of the materials, produced [...]

Spain 2.0. A policy in search of a government

The upcoming elections in Spain gives the opportunity to talk about the future vision of the Spanish economy. In this vision, digitalisation should place a central role. This post outlines why digitalisation is important, why investing in digital infrastructure is not enough, and why the EU single market is [...]

Europe is not behind China and the US in 5G technology

The past months, dominated by news about the current trade and tech war between the US and China, have generated a strong public perception in Europe that the Old Continent has dropped behind China and the US in 5G, the key technology for the Internet of things (including self-driving [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The ‘Google Tax’, a missed opportunity for the EU

Existing tax rules were not designed for the new digital economy or for the business models that are being established. Many companies are digital or conduct a major part of their business in the digital sphere. Nine out of the world’s 20 largest companies by market capitalisation are digital, [...]

An unfair tax policy de-legitimizes the EU

On 12 March, the ECOFIN failed to approve the Commission proposal for a Directive laying down rules relating to the corporate taxation of a significant digital presence. Denmark, Finland, Ireland and Sweden blocked the adoption of a proposal supported, inter alia, by France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Shielded behind [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Trade wars and conflict of perceptions

When China joined the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001, it was still a developing country. More than 15 years later, its circumstances have changed and it has turned into the world’s second-largest economy. The WTO has served not to discipline China, which is what Trump (and to some [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega An Argentine G20: a Latin American agenda that concerns everyone

The exercise has just begun and will culminate in the November summit in Buenos Aires. It is important for Argentina, for its President, Mauricio Macri, for Latin America, and for the G20 itself. ‘The G20 is an opportunity for Argentina and for the region’, remarked the head of the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Big states, big business, troubled societies

Shop window, megaphone and venue for discreet meetings: Davos is all these things. The main participants at the most recent World Economic Forum were the major states –geopolitical problems sometimes stem from others of lesser calibre– and the large technology and IT companies. It has been held at a [...]

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