Newsletter – July 2015

Welcome to The Global Dispatches,
The former President of Uruguay José "Pepe" Mujica offers some advice to Europe’s intellectuals; and clearly this month there is much about Greece, Professor Charles Wyplosz looks at the string of errors committed by the ECB and Ashoka Mody, Visiting Professor in International Economic Policy at Princeton University explains that the IMF’s report on Greece is important because it reveals that the creditors negotiated with Greece in bad faith. Oscar Reyes on the radical newcomers in the Spanish political landscape and Carool Kersten on the changes taking place within the Saudi royal family – and much more.

Beat Box
By MC Ledbetter

Updated for August 2016. Every month we recommend a few classic music CDs that rarely see the light of day. This month sees: Ebo Taylor, Clifton Chenier, Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos, Galactic, Antonio Serrano and Albert Sanz, Ali Khattab and The Cairo Jazz Band get main billing.

Spain’s Democratic Spring
By Oscar Reyes

Parties linked to Spain's "Occupy" movement now lead governments in the country's three largest cities — and they're already ruffling feathers. Imagine that the Occupy Movement stood for election in New York and won. That’s what just happened in Spain

In Bad Faith
By Ashoka Mody

Visiting Professor in International Economic Policy at Princeton University explains that the IMF’s report is important because it reveals that the creditors negotiated with Greece in bad faith. The timing of the report’s release—on the eve of a historic Greek referendum, well after the technical negotiations have broken down—suggests that there was no intention to allow a sober analysis of the Greek debt burden.

China and EU sign landmark climate deal
By Antony Froggatt - Shane Tomlinson

By working together towards a strong regime to control climate change, the EU and China bring renewed focus and hope to securing an effective agreement in Paris in December.

TTIP: a week of victories
By John Hilary

The Executive Director of War on Want explains how pressure from those concerned that the EU-US trade deal would hand over too much power to foreign corporations has been working on both sides of the Atlantic.

Saudi Arabia’s game of thrones
By Carool Kersten

In the round of 'royal musical chairs' that played out two months ago, the Sudairi branch of the royal family consolidated its grip on power at the expense of those loyal to the late King Abdullah. A view from the Senior Lecturer in the study of Islam and the Muslim world at King's College London.

The cost of central bank dependence
By Charles Wyplosz

Professor Charles Wyplosz on this weekend’s dramatic events which saw the ECB capping emergency assistance to Greece. The ECB’s decision is the last of a long string of ECB mistakes in this crisis taking the politicisation of the ECB to new heights.

Left-wing Europe: take on the challenge
By José "Pepe" Mujica

The former President of Uruguay talking politics in the prologue of the book José "Pepe" Mujica. "La felicità al potere", by Cristina Guarnieri and Massimo Sgroi.

 
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