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Cameron defeated, EU tries to minimise damages

After the May elections to the European Parliament, the distance in seats between the European People’s Party and the social democrats significantly decreased in comparison to the previous term (from 78 to 30). This time, the EPP obtained 221 seats and the S&D 191, not to mention the latter [...]

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, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Less Europe? It’s not that easy

Some years ago, the European Commission decided to regulate the maximum curvature that could be authorised for bananas and cucumbers. The notorious Regulation 2257/94 was finally dispensed with in 2008 due to pressure from certain Member States, but it is often cited as one of the prime examples of [...]

The Elcano Global Presence Index and measuring military projection

The Elcano Royal Institute has developed an Index (the Elcano Global Presence Index) to measure the global presence of key countries in the world. The index seeks to measure the ability of countries to project themselves beyond their borders. External presence is a prerequisite for countries to achieve influence [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Scottish compassion

Scotland’s independence movement is different from others in Europe. The country’s leader and First Minister, Alex Salmond, has always made a point of distancing himself from debates on ethnicity and national identity. Hence, he recoils from any comparisons with Catalonia or other cases. For Scotland he wants, first and [...]

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