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The EU Climate Law’s key governance question: why could the EU use a climate watchdog?

The EU Climate Law is the first substantial legislation to implement the vision of the European Green Deal. It aims to enshrine the commitment to reach climate neutrality by 2050, to enhance the 2030 objective (reducing emissions by at least 55%) and to complement the EU’s climate governance tools. [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Containers: essential but more expensive

Standardised containers have become an essential component of modern globalisation, carrying by sea almost half the world’s trade, a proportion that has risen since the pandemic-related reduction in journeys made by passenger aircraft, which also carry goods in their holds. Containers are also taken by rail. They were manageable [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega President Biden and the shadow of Trumpism

Joe Biden has prevailed over Trump the person, but will have to deal with the ghost of Trumpism. Biden has accrued more votes than any other President in history (although the population and the turnout have also of course grown, and in percentage terms he has not exceeded Obama [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Ideology also plays a role in relations with China

In the bipolar rivalry between the US and China, where Europe is more of a stage than an actor, the ideological dimension is playing an ever-increasing role. This applies to China, the US (Trump and Biden) and to Europe. The repression of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang and the new [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega QAnon: the religion of conspiracy

No one knows who Q is, but he has engendered a conspiracy movement in the US (accompanied by reflections, or refractions, in Europe that require monitoring) that predates the pandemic but has grown spectacularly amid the lockdowns and the economic and social crises. Is he an individual or a [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Globalisation reimagined

COVID-19 is driving a form of deglobalisation –or arguably a new globalisation– that in certain respects had already started before the pandemic broke out, with the crisis that began in 2008. As Carmen Reinhart, now the Chief Economist at the World Bank, and Vincent Reinhart point out, growth in [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega A pandemic without moral authorities

The pandemic has been characterised by a notable lack not only of political but also international and even Western moral authorities, of prominent figures –whether leaders in their own fields or intellectuals– to act as beacons of light. Pope Francis from the perspective of Roman Catholicism for example, and [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The emptying Europe

Alarm bells are ringing virtually across Europe: populations are in precipitous decline. Over the short term, let alone the long term, many of the EU’s eastern members have been literally contracting in terms of numbers since they joined the Union in 2013, due to the departure of young people [...]

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