refugee crisis

Nobody’s perfect, not even Justin Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a lasting impression on world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in September. Trudeau was met with an enthusiasm seldom seen at the GA as he spoke about solving the global refugee and migration crisis, and the importance of inter-state cooperation when [...]

Germans and their “angst”

Germany has a new Right.  It is strong, it is represented in nearly every state parliament, and, according to all predictions, it will move into the Bundestag in the coming year.  The Federal Republic has been turned on its head ever since Angela Merkel’s government, in agreement with Austria, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Electoral scenarios: somewhere between grey and black

The western world, certainly the EU, with Trump, a debilitated Merkel and Le Pen (even Sarkozy) in charge would not be the same as one with Clinton, Juppé and a strengthened Merkel, or another German leader –without even considering the situation in the Netherlands, Austria and, of course, Spain–. [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Brave discourses, constructive discourses

There are various ways to try to halt the rise of xenophobic and anti-European populism. One way, clearly, is to stem the causes of their growth: helping the people who have lost out from the recent crisis and from globalisation, addressing the security and identity issues that have proliferated [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Europeans, get down to work

The risk of de-Europeanisation is clear. Brexit has obliged the European Union to look at itself in the mirror, and confront an image pockmarked by blemishes and flaws. This time the EU must decide not so much what it wants to be, as what it wants to do, both [...]

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 Europe: too many crises for so little leadership

The EU is accumulating crises without managing to resolve them: weak economic growth; the Greek crisis that continues unsolved and now storm clouds gathering over the German banking industry; the prospect of Brexit; not to mention, of course, the refugee crisis. Too many for a Europe lacking leadership. And [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega European prose for David Cameron: not much changes

David Cameron emerged with his spoils. But also to some extent did we. He secured a special status in the EU. But he already had that, and things have scarcely changed. In the final analysis, like Monsieur Jourdain, he has done nothing but talk in European prose, although the [...]
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