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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Syria: tell me what your legal basis is and I’ll tell you who you are

In their approach to bombing Syria, the different major powers are by no means pursuing the same strategic or political ends, or even justifying themselves on the same legal basis. The latest is Russia, which has been accused by the US of ‘throwing gasoline on the fire’. Although one [...]

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 Goodbye to an ever closer EU, or perhaps not?

The Maastricht Treaty (1992) enshrined a formula that was to be repeated in all subsequent basic EU documents: to move towards ‘an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe’. David Cameron wants the principle to be removed the next time the treaties are reformed and, in a reverse [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega A less united and less European UK: ¿Brexit and break it?

Despite the official congratulations, Europe’s conservative-dominated collective leadership would have rather seen Labour’s Ed Miliband entering 10 Downing Street. This might seem a paradox, but it is not. There is little confidence in David Cameron. First he got Scotland into an independence referendum that made much of Europe very [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Elections in the UK: Europe is not the issue, but the consequence

The 7 May elections in the UK, the most competitive in recent decades, are not mainly about Europe, but about other issues such as cuts (bigger or smaller, but cuts nevertheless) in public spending, taxes, public health and education, living standards and immigration. But they will have consequences for [...]

Has the EU already lost Britain?

Although British Prime Minister David Cameron appears to be doing his best to lose Europe, Europe has not yet lost the UK. Paradoxically, opinion polls suggest that British support for continued European Union (EU) membership is rising in response to the growing challenge posed by the Euroskeptic UK Independence [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Meanwhile, in Scotland and England…

The September referendum on independence in Scotland, in which the ‘noes’ won by 10 points, has changed many things in that nation, and to the south, in England. Despite the ‘no’, nothing will ever be the same. The reverberations of the Scottish referendum are causing major changes in British [...]

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 [...]

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