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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega European solidarity for Catalonia

The EU –its institutions and member states– has supported the Spanish government in its dispute with the separatists of Catalonia. It has done so, among other reasons, in defence of its own interests, which do not include the breaking away of territories, far less if it involves flouting existing [...]

Two to tango: the unchanging complexity of Turkey-EU relations

Always business as usual? Another European Council meeting went by, with no substantial changes regarding Turkey-EU relations. Despite the very high degree of criticism that Turkey has garnered and that its relations with some Member States are at their worst ever, its EU accession framework is still in place [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Is China a market economy?

This is not a rhetorical or academic question, since the way it is answered by the Europeans in December will determine whether there is an even greater rise in the Asian giant’s exports to the EU, which is split on the issue and with the protectionist tendency in the [...]

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 Europe contaminated

Europe needs to change, to reinvent itself. That is the message of the European elections. Towards another Europe, a combination of more Europe in some ways, less in others, and especially, a better Europe. But the election results are discouraging. Progress will be held back by the low turnout, [...]

The cost of non-Europe in development policy

In early 2013, the European Parliament commissioned several studies on aid coordination; the starting point being that a ‘Non-Europe’ implies a cost –or different types of costs– for the Union as a whole. The Elcano Royal Institute has contributed to these studies with an analysis on the benefits and [...]
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