Euroscepticism

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Scenarios of an electoral super year: Europe at the test

On 15 March the Netherlands kicks off an electoral super year in an EU that is teetering. Whether it remains intact, and even advances, or collapses, will depend to a large extent on what happens at the polls. French presidential elections will be held in April, followed by legislative [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Farewell Charlemagne: Europe in regions

Some people believe that Europe is undergoing a process of Balkanisation, although the continent’s regionalisation might in fact be something positive, combining unity and diversity. Matthew Karnitschnig in Politico recently warned about Europe becoming what he called ‘EUgoslavia’, hastened by Brexit. In a Union of 28 (27 without the [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The reversibility of Europe

Since 1972, 58 referendums have been held on the EU, whether on joining it, extending it or governing it. As a report from Notre Europe points out, almost all had consequences (one of the exceptions was Spain’s 2005 referendum on the treaty establishing a constitution for Europe, a project [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The plot against Europe

Austria, which sometimes sets trends –Jörg Haider, of the right-wing Austrian Freedom Party, FPÖ, entered government in 2000, triggering ineffective diplomatic sanctions on the part of the EU–, has seen a comfortable victory (36.4%) for Norbert Hofer, the FPÖ candidate, in the first round of presidential elections, with a [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Elections in Spain: just part of a general European volatility

¿Whoever wins, will Spain’s 20 December general elections mark the beginning of a new era? Of course, they must be seen not only in a specifically Spanish context but also in terms of the volatility and state of flux of electorates, societies and social and political systems prevailing in [...]

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 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 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, [...]
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