Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Open France vs closed France, on the rise vs in decline, new vs old

France has open wounds. Will Macron manage to bind them and push through reforms that have been put off for too long? This is the big issue.

Spain finally bounces back – after nine years

Spain's growth in 2017 (2.6%) will be the highest among the main developed countries, according to the IMF, but this is of little comfort for the unemployed

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Technology: the great Chinese game of go

It is well known that the game of go (weiqi in Chinese), which was invented in China, is a game of positions, of gaining territory, rather than the movements of chess. Beijing is launching its technology strategy on a not dissimilar board, which has alarmed some in the West[...]

Different speeds? Not so fast!

The EU cannot allow itself to proceed at the speed of the slowest or the most reluctant member, but various speeds could turn into variable geometry.

Mental borders and the clash of ignorance

However paradoxical it may seem, in this global village there are some people who are set on spreading another type of border: mental borders.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega India’s brutal demonetisation was not so bad after all

Following the decision to remove 86% of hard currency from circulation on 8 November, India is hauling itself out of this quagmire of demonetisation.

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega 28 March 2019: no end in sight for Brexit

It has already become clear that the drama of Brexit, if it is to end at all, will have various acts and various rhythms. There will be various Brexits.

Foreign policy means and ends: results of the Global Diplomacy Index and the Elcano Global Presence Index

Lowy’s Global Diplomacy Index deals with the means for foreign policy while, in a way, Elcano Global Presence Index assesses the results of this policy.
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