European Union

The UK and Brexit: a failed or a failing state?

When a widely respected and experienced politician such as Chris Patten, a former Conservative British minister and European Commissioner for External Affairs, suggests that the UK is becoming a failed state it cannot be readily dismissed as an aberration. We normally associate failed states with countries such as Somalia [...]

Inequality in Spain: let’s focus on the poor

The debate on inequality has intensified in Spain in the aftermath of the economic crisis. There is good reason for that. As the European Commission keeps warning, Spain is one of the most unequal countries in the EU. If we take the disposable income ratio between the richest and [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega G20 not paralysed by 5G

In Osaka, the meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping and the summit proper of the G20 leaders averted catastrophe, but still a number of swords of Damocles dangle over a world that is becoming more fragmented, and not only because of the clash between the US and China. [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The US vs. China: towards two opposing ecosystems

The relatively abrupt clash between China and the US could leave its mark on the rest of the world in years to come, reordering or rather disordering it even more, and dividing it into mutually incompatible ecosystems, owing to distinct technological –but also economic and political– standards. It is [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The EU: the chance for a fresh impetus

The EU’s enormous problems and many and complex divisions are still present: they have not faded away. There have been no miracles, but the recent elections to the European Parliament have changed many things, and despite, or because of, the fragmentation they have created, they could represent a political [...]

The elections to the European Parliament in perspective: three points to consider before Sunday

Spain is currently engaged in a month-long electoral marathon. The process started with the general election of 28 April and will end –at least for the moment– this coming Sunday, 26 May. There are so many issues in the country’s domestic politics that the elections to the European Parliament [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europe lifts its Chinese veil

After years of treating it as a ‘strategic partner’, the European Commission has released a strategy document, with the formal backing of the European Council, describing China as an ‘economic competitor’ and a ‘systemic rival’. The veil has been lifted from what Emmanuel Macron has called ‘Europe’s naivety’ towards [...]

Listen to the people and revoke Article 50

With only one week to go for the 29 March Brexit deadline, we still do not know what will happen. This is extraordinary, but certainly not unexpected. Many of us have always said that Brexit will end up like Grexit, and, unfortunately, our predictions have been confirmed. This is [...]

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