NATO

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega A 360º NATO, but without Article 5?

NATO does not like referring to fronts, because this would imply enemies. It prefers everything to be a matter of flanks: the Eastern flank (bordering Russia) and the Southern flank. But this has been superseded too. It is obsolete terminology and now there is talk of a 360º NATO, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega European defence: not so much spending more, but spending better

There was no need to wait for a prod from either Trump or Putin, but perhaps the inducement provided by Brexit was necessary. Europe –some of its states at least– needs to spend a little more on defence, but above all to spend better, something that has not always [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Trump: bilateralism

Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, it was said that the world had changed because the US had changed. The world changes with each President. With Donald Trump’s election it could be said that the world has started to change before the new Republican President-elect has even moved [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europe is unprepared for Trump

The election of Donald Trump as US President, hard on the heels of the Brexit referendum –and both results took European leaders by surprise– has forced Europe to confront another mirror. Both reflections show an EU that is divided, but in need of unity and initiative. The EU needs [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Is Russia really a threat?

We are not facing a new Cold War, a point that has been made in these posts before, but we are witnessing a more traditional bout of arm wrestling. There is no ideological confrontation, even if some populists, ranging from Donald Trump to Marine Le Pen, admire Vladimir Putin’s [...]

NATO and the EU: finally, in a common-law marriage

They have been living together in Brussels since 1966, but with their backs to each other, as though ‘on different planets’, as the President of the European Council Donald Tusk put it. The recent crises and threats, their complementary nature in a world in which nothing is entirely resolved [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The Paris attacks: another lost opportunity for European defence

Listening to La Marseillaise sung by spectators at Wembley Stadium during the England-France match was a moving experience. The Defence Ministers of the 28 meeting for the first time to unanimously activate Article 42.7 of the Treaty of the EU, appertaining to mutual assistance, was a milestone, although in [...]

Arctic: from Cold to Ice-cold War

Vyacheslav Shtyrov, chairman of the Russian council of experts on the Arctic and Antarctica, recently said that ‘there is a strong possibility that the Russian Arctic is the first line of defence in case of a global military conflict, because that is the most likely direction of an adversary’s [...]
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