Europe

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Putin and his supporters at Europe’s political extremes

Not only Russia, but Vladimir Putin himself, is gaining influential supporters in Europe. The political extremes –should they be called populists?–, especially on the right, are pro-Putin. To the left, the triumph of Syriza has reinforced Greece’s usual pro-Russian stance which, of course, also has a religious basis in [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Charlie Hebdo: more questions than (provisional) answers

Why France now? Because France is where Charlie Hebdo and its Muhammad cartoons were published. Also, it is the most secular (but not necessarily the least religious) and most republican country in Europe. It is the society with the largest number of Muslims in the EU. It is taking [...]

Serbia’s OSCE chairmanship: back to the future

Serbia will hold the chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) for 2015. Its candidacy, accepted on 10 February 2010, went hand-in-hand with Switzerland’s, which chaired the OSCE in 2014. In July 2013 the two countries presented an action plan that proposed the creation of [...]

Our new Global Presence website is here!

Today at the Elcano Royal Institute we present our new Global Presence website, concluded very satisfactorily with Geographica. For 13 months Ivanosca and Ángel have focused on developing the website, Carola has fine-tuned the content (what is it, documents and publications, news and FAQs) and Manuel (our data cruncher) [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Iraq’s failures

A forgotten duo is making a comeback: Sykes-Picot. In 1916 these two civil servants, one British and the other French, designed –ie, divided up– the map of the Middle East between their countries’ respective areas of influence, creating artificial states such as Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. It was part [...]

Albania: the long road towards the EU

On 4th June, the European Commission recommended that Albania be granted candidate status to EU member states. This is a much awaited moment for the small Western Balkans country, which has been actively and persistently attempting to join the EU since its application in 2009. However, the final verdict [...]

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 [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Let’s ask… ‘After the Crimea: ¿towards a new deterrence?’

The crisis with Russia over the Crimea and the Ukraine in general has led the EU and NATO to start re-thinking the concept of deterrence, although in a very different context from that of the Cold War. Re-thinking has only just begun, given the current events and in view [...]

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