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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega US-EU: political convergence, economic divergence

The political and geopolitical convergence between the new Biden Administration and the EU and its member states is starting to become evident. But economic divergence may be emerging at the same time, with the US pulling ahead, as a result of the manner of tackling recovery from the COVID-19 [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Economic patriotism: understandable but dangerous

The expression is not new, but it has re-emerged since the pandemic alongside a new prudentialism, protectionism and nationalism, and has impinged on imports, investments and even vaccines against COVID-19. Trump’s ‘America First’ (backed by a host of decrees and executive orders) has been replaced by Biden’s ‘Buy American’, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega China, the US and the EU: three ways of confronting Big Tech

There is a general mobilisation on the part of states and governments against the power of Big Tech, the great technological monopolies or oligopolies, from the US, cradle of these corporations in the West, to Brussels (and London), but also China. The World Economic Forum, in its latest Global [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The alliance for democracy must start at home

For some years now democracies in general have experienced tough times, and the best illustration is Donald Trump’s attempt to cling on to the White House despite having lost the election to Joe Biden. The insurrection, involving a brutal assault on the Capitol by a mob incited by Trump [...]

Does the EU really promote the good governance of energy resources?

The good governance of energy resources and its role in the economic development of oil and gas producing countries is an area of growing interest in the global agenda. Contrary to China and the US under the Trump Administration, the EU is one of the few major importers of [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Four years on: the world has changed for Biden (and for everyone)

Joe Biden has a long track record in foreign policy, security and intelligence matters with his years in the Senate and eight years serving as Barack Obama’s Vice President. But during the Trump regime the world has changed in various important ways, which the new President will need to [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega The power of resilience

Resilience, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is the ‘capacity to recover quickly from difficulties’ or ‘the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape’. The US National Intelligence Council predicted in a 2017 report that ‘tomorrow’s successful states will probably be those that invest in [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega G20: vacuity and hope

Amid the global pandemic and acute economic crisis that has followed, the G20 has been found wanting. In fact, the G20 –which is a grouping (rather than organisation) of states accounting for two thirds of the world’s population and 85% of its GDP– responded well in 2008-09 to the [...]

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