Europe

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Middle classes cut down to size

It may seem contradictory when the middle classes in emerging economies (now going through a slowdown) are growing like never before. But according to some studies, their numbers have been exaggerated. And in a good deal of Europe and the US, the middle classes are in free-fall, something that [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Syria: thank you, Putin

Due to the authoritarian nature of his regime (a format now known as ‘illiberal democracy’, since he actually wins elections), to the way he annexed Crimea and intervened in the Eastern Ukraine, to his homophobia and other similar traits, Vladimir Putin is the object of widespread distaste in the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Savage continent: the longer term will not resolve the shorter

Europe, it is now being repeated ad nauseam, is experiencing the worst refugee crisis since the Second Post World War, which after the horror of war underwent a horror of population transfers, well documented in Keith Lowe’s Savage Continent. But Europe seems to have forgotten where it comes from [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europe gets more unicorns

Although improving on them, Europe is short of unicorns. These are technology startups  –so called like the myth because they are rare and not numerous–, that have increased quickly in value by more than one billion USD based on fundraising. There are now more of them, in a world dominated by the US, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Bad is better than worst, but Europe has lost out in the endeavour

The Eurozone, and by extension the EU, has avoided a serious trip-up with Greece, although the danger is by no means past on what will be a long and difficult road ahead, at a very high cost to the Greeks and to the European project itself. Nevertheless, the third [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega 30 years later: is the EU becoming too narrow for Spain?

Spain and Portugal’s act of accession to the European Communities was signed on 12 June 1985 in Lisbon and Madrid. It was a poignant moment, though overshadowed by a terrorist attack by ETA. For many democrats it was the realisation of the dream of joining a project from which [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Goodbye to an ever closer EU, or perhaps not?

The Maastricht Treaty (1992) enshrined a formula that was to be repeated in all subsequent basic EU documents: to move towards ‘an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe’. David Cameron wants the principle to be removed the next time the treaties are reformed and, in a reverse [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europe: fewer Jews, more anti-Semites

Is anti-Semitism on the rise again in Europe, now that it has fewer Jews than ever? The latest outbreaks –in France the attack against a kosher supermarket in Paris and the desecration of Jewish gravestones, in Denmark the shootings in Copenhagen and, before that, attacks in Belgium– would seem [...]

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