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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Scenarios of an electoral super year: Europe at the test

On 15 March the Netherlands kicks off an electoral super year in an EU that is teetering. Whether it remains intact, and even advances, or collapses, will depend to a large extent on what happens at the polls. French presidential elections will be held in April, followed by legislative [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Electoral scenarios: somewhere between grey and black

The western world, certainly the EU, with Trump, a debilitated Merkel and Le Pen (even Sarkozy) in charge would not be the same as one with Clinton, Juppé and a strengthened Merkel, or another German leader –without even considering the situation in the Netherlands, Austria and, of course, Spain–. [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Farewell Palestine?

Farewell to a Palestinian state? Despite his commitment in 2009, in his recent election campaign Benjamin Netanyahu backtracked and pledged that he would never accept a solution to the conflict based on two States. Now, following his electoral victory, a Palestinian State does indeed look unlikely, particularly given Netanyahu’s [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Tsipras’ responsibility… and Europe’s also

Alexis Tsipras, who will be the new Greek Prime Minister, and his radical-left coalition Syriza emphatically won last Sunday’s election, although two seats short of an absolute majority. For the first time one of the so-called populist movements, in this case from the left, has won a general election [...]

Cameron defeated, EU tries to minimise damages

After the May elections to the European Parliament, the distance in seats between the European People’s Party and the social democrats significantly decreased in comparison to the previous term (from 78 to 30). This time, the EPP obtained 221 seats and the S&D 191, not to mention the latter [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The European Commission’s politicisation

The EU’s institutions have experienced a further tectonic shift that can enhance and at the same time disrupt the most original elements involved in the process of European integration: the Commission. In proposing Spitzenkandidaten for the presidency of the European Commission, the European Parliament and its main political families [...]

The “Bleu Marine” failure

The recent elections to the European Parliament have left even worse sensations for traditional parties than expected. Right-wing anti-EU parties have won in France, Britain and Denmark. Overall, Eurosceptic and Europhobe parties have gained over 20% of the seats in the Parliament and they now have political momentum. The [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Less Europe? It’s not that easy

Some years ago, the European Commission decided to regulate the maximum curvature that could be authorised for bananas and cucumbers. The notorious Regulation 2257/94 was finally dispensed with in 2008 due to pressure from certain Member States, but it is often cited as one of the prime examples of [...]
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