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About Andrés Ortega

Andrés Ortega is presently senior fellow at the Elcano Institute in Spain and member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He has been twice (1994-96 and 2008-2011) director of Policy Planning in the Prime Minister’s Office. His latest book is Recomponer la democracia (2014).

Articles by Andrés Ortega

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Alex Sakalis, Editor

Alex Sakalis is associate editor of openDemocracy and co-edits the Can Europe Make It? page.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

For a European Republic

Today we have to move away from the idea of a United States of Europe, to think of the EU as a republic, as the European res publica, and to put citizens and civil society back into the centre stage that they have abandoned.

The nuclear options of Catalonia

The huge demonstration in Barcelona on September 11 – the national day of Catalonia –  under the banner of “Catalonia, a State of Europe”, has changed the stakes. Independence would be bad for Catalonia, but it would be even worse for Spain.

The power of the few

Globalisation is making the world simultaneously unruly and connective, transnational and tribal, cosmopolitan and insular. The result, says Andrés Ortega, is a potent, transformative fusion of identity-formation and power-capacity.

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