globalization

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The western middle classes: decline, stagnation or rise?

The decline of a section of the middle classes in the west could be behind the electoral upheaval and the growth of populism in a large number of societies, but what is the truth of the matter? And if it is the case, what accounts for it? Globalisation? Technology [...]

The revival of the far right in Europe

The so-called far right is currently present in most of the EU’s national parliaments, with the notable exceptions of Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Slovakia and the micro-states. It has also spread to some of the Union’s major partners in the rest of Europe, such as Serbia, Ukraine, Norway and Switzerland. [...]

Spain holds firm in the Elcano Global Presence Index, despite economic crisis

Spain‘s economic woes have not prevented the country from maintaining its global presence. The country remained in 12th position out of 90 countries in the 2016 Elcano Global Presence Index Report and with a slightly higher score (see Figure 1). The index, the result of adding together 16 variables [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega And Western protectionism came to pass…in a world of digital flows

In the presidential primaries in the US, volley after volley has been fired against the opening up of American trade, albeit with nuances and more than a few provisos. Donald Trump proposes a 45% tariff on Chinese imports. Hillary Clinton, despite expressing previous support, now harbours serious doubts about [...]

Is India the new China?

Maybe it is, but it could take a while in global presence terms. Following the episodes of financial turbulence and a cooling of growth rates and expectations in China, there is a rising debate on whether the other Asian giant, India, could now take the lead in several domains [...]

A Chinese dragon flew over Washington

The first Official State Visit of the Chinese President Xi Jinping to the United States has been overshadowed by the media frenzy of the UN General Assembly and the visit of Pope Francis. This is a meeting in times of global economic turbulences, where growth of so-called emerging countries [...]

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 [...]

Back to growth in the EU. Will this have an impact on global presence?

A few days ago, the European Commission launched its GDP forecasts for next year. Good news are (hopefully) all 28 member states of the EU will record positive variations of their GDP in 2015 for the first time since the crisis erupted. What does this mean for EU’s global [...]

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