nationalism

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega China viewed from Japan: weakness with stability

Last year the word chosen by a company that annually nominates the most popular expression in Japan was bakugai. In English it translates as ‘explosive buying power’, referring to the Chinese tourists who visit Japan. If one sees young women dressed in kimonos (and often their male companions too) [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Quebec’s paradox: feeling less pro-independent but also less Canadian

Twenty years after the second referendum (posing a very complicated question) that almost sealed the separation of Quebec from Canada (the stayers won by a slight margin, at 50.82%), the situation is now much changed. Pro-independence opinion is down to 31%-34% (and 37% among Francophones), which is still quite [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Illiberal demagoguery splits Europe at the seams

Some of the EU’s poorly sewn seams are splitting. The rift between North and South, or between creditors and debtors, is still there and has been fully solved following the agreement with Greece. The possibility of a Brexit, with the UK breaking away, is quite real. But the greatest [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Scotland: Salmond wins, even if he loses

To avoid what he called a ‘consolation prize’ for Scotland’s nationalist leader Alex Salmond, in the then foreseeable defeat of the independence option, Tory Prime Minister David Cameron refused in 2012 to agree in the referendum to a third option in addition to ‘yes or ‘no’, between independence and [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The English (and British) question in Scotland

There are just 72 days to go to the referendum on the independence of Scotland on 18 September. Although the victory of the “no” seems assured, this kind of vote is loaded by the devil. Despite the campaign of both sides, polls have not moved much in recent months, [...]
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