2018: un año para recuperar la democracia liberal

Eduardo Fernández Luiña. Los sistemas democráticos sufren una crisis de legitimidad, lo que, sumado al avance del populismo, ocasiona que la democracia liberal corra el riesgo de desaparecer y convertirse en otra cosa. Para corregir esta situación parece necesario volver a su esencia: proteger el compromiso con la defensa de la estructura de derechos y libertades individuales y los valores liberales.

Iran: the genie out of the bottle

Javier Gil Guerrero. The Islamic Republic of Iran has refined the art of blaming on its external enemies the internal dissatisfaction. Nevertheless, the origin of the last protests lies on the attempt of the ultraconservative clergy to damage and discredit President Rohaní. What started as a manipulation of the streets inside the framework of the typical fight of the elite of the country transformed into a massive and widespread movement of protests. Surely, the learned lection is that in a future it would be better to settle accounts behind the scenes rather than involving the streets.

Italy, on the way to new general elections

Pablo Martín de Santa Olalla. The Italian President has just put an end to the XVIII legislative term and the country finds itself now before a new political dilemma in which everything is possible. Two months before the elections, the situation seems in favor of the center right coalition, not officially presented as such yet, although the Movement Cinque Stelle holds around the 30% of support. Nevertheless, the favorite option in Europe would be the to reissue the pact between Partido Democratico and Forza Italia.

Elections in Catalonia 

In this election neither the Constitution, nor the validity of the rule of law, nor the rights of all Catalans were submitted to a vote. The main responsibility of the Government and all the institutions, as well as of the parties placed in the Constitution, continues to be to guarantee those rights and the rule of law. Only in the destructive calculation made by secessionism it can be consider that the results ratify the nonsense of the separatist process or erase the responsibilities of its authors. This is the first and more important message that have to receive those who did not win the elections and who do not represent the majority vote of the Catalans.

Spanish adhesion to Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO)

Ana Belén Perianes. European cooperation in the field of security and defense is an unsatisfied ambition since the beginning of the European project. Spain is one of the 25 countries participating in the Permanent Structured Cooperation with the objective of moving forwards in real integration. But the EU would only be able to request the global leadership it deserves if the Member States strengthen their degree of political compromise and Brussels starts a coherent foreign policy.

La Reserva Federal de Powell: moderación y continuismo

Manuel Balmaseda. El nombramiento de Jerome H. Powell como presidente de la FED será percibido favorablemente por la institución y el mercado, como candidato más continuista y defensor del enfoque gradual de la política monetaria. Con gran experiencia en los sectores privado y público, es favorable a relajar la regulación financiera, lo que le convierte en un aliado muy importante para la Administración republicana.

Chile choses the path of change

José Herrera. Sebastián Piñera has obtained an overwhelming victory. The center-right comes out very strengthened and now has the historic responsibility of carrying out a reformist agenda aimed at modernizing the economy and transforming the inefficient public system of pensions, health and education. This will deepen the breach between the two Americas; the one of development and progress opposite to the one of regression and failure

Una nueva Córcega se suma a la lista de retos pendientes de Macron

Eduardo Inclán. Córcega es un nuevo reto para el sistema político francés. Las pasadas elecciones no fueron unas regionales cualesquiera, sino un momento fundacional decisivo para el devenir de la isla y de sus relaciones con el resto de la Francia Metropolitana. Es de prever que las tensiones en la negociación política entre París y Ajaccio irán en aumento a medida que se propongan los borradores de un nuevo estatus político.