Spain&EUEl próximo lunes 25 de mayo, tendrá lugar el seminario “Diálogo sobre 30 años de España en la UE” en el aula E-001 (C/ María de Molina 4) de 14h30 a 16h00, después de un bufé frío que se servirá de 14h00 a 14h30.

Este seminario, organizado por el Centro de Estudios Europeos/IE, es el primero del programa “España: ¿Un actor clave en las instituciones europeas? 30 años de pertenencia a la Unión Europea” patrocinado por el programa “Hablamos de Europa” del Ministerio de Asunto Exteriores que se impartirá desde mayo hasta septiembre de 2015.

Los dos ponentes son Charles Powell, Director del Real Instituto Elcano y José Ignacio Torreblanca, Director de la oficina de Madrid del ECFR, quienes establecerán un balance de la posición de España en la Unión Europea desde una perspectiva histórica y a la luz de la situación actual.

Se ruega confirmación a cee@ie.edu

Charles Powell, Licenciado en Historia y Literatura y Doctor en Historia por la Universidad de Oxford, es actualmente director del Real Instituto Elcano.  Entre sus numerosas publicaciones sobre temas internacionales destacan: ‘El amigo americano. España y EEUU de la dictadura a la democracia’ (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2011); ‘España en Europa, Europa en España’, en Emilio Lamo de Espinosa (coord.), ‘Europa después de Europa’ (Academia Europea de Ciencias y Artes, 2010); y ‘Las democracias occidentales frente al terrorismo global’, coeditado con Fernando Reinares (Editorial Ariel, 2008).

José Ignacio Torreblanca es profesor de Ciencia Política en la UNED, director de la oficina en Madrid del European Council on Foreign Relations y columnista de EL PAIS desde junio de 2008. Sus áreas de especialización son los asuntos internos de la UE, principalmente el auge del populismo y el euroescepticismo, las reformas institucionales y la política de ampliación y de vecindad. Sus últimos libros en español son Asaltar los cielos (2015), ¿Quién gobierna en Europa?: reconstruir la democracia, recuperar a la ciudadanía (2014) y La fragmentación del poder europeo (2011).


Putin and Victory Day

Written on May 18, 2015 by Waya Quiviger in Regions, Security

susana-197x300Susana Torres Prieto. Associate Professor of Humanities at IE University and IE Business School 

A colleague from Moscow’s Higher School of Economics told me a few months ago that, since he was a child-and he is over fifty now-there were only two big holidays in Russia, Victory Day, or Den Pobedy, in Russian, and New Year. He, who is now more often seen in anti-Putin demonstrations than in any other political rally, was trying to describe the magic, the solemnity of that celebration since he can remember, the happiness brought about by the unattainable feeling of pride of being Russian, or Soviet back then. And I guess he was trying to claim that Russia’s national holiday belonged to the Russians, not to President Putin.

It might be difficult to have a national day that does not commemorate some deed or feat that may offend others. Apparently that is why Putin, when he was president for the first time, tried to establish a new holiday back in 2005, the Day of National Unity on November 4th, to avoid, first of all, having to celebrate the October Revolution on November 7th and,  maybe, in an attempt of trying not to upset his good friend, the then-chancellor Gerhard Schröder, by putting too much emphasis on celebrating the victory over Nazi Germany. The date was chosen because it marked the ascension of the Romanov Dynasty to power after the Russian people, united despite being tsar-less, expelled the Poles from Russia, thus putting an end to the so-called Times of Troubles. Why President Putin chose this precise date only one year after Poland had joined the EU and not, for example, the date of the victory over the Mongols might be something worth investigating, as well as why commemorating, as if in passing, the ascension of the last Imperial Dynasty to the Russian throne. Much Freudian analysis could be done on the latter.

The fact of the matter is that long gone are the days in which Mr. Putin made jokes with his German counterparts and practiced his fluent East German with Chancellor Merkel. When Putin inherited a broken country at the beginning of this century, he had so many fronts to fight he had to do it, whether he liked it or not. Nothing was quiet in none of the fronts. Oligarchs were constantly trying to checkmate the economy, Chechnya was still in the front page of the news, terrorism was acting in the very heart of Moscow, and a deep feeling of desperation was gripping all those who, unable to make fabulous fortunes in 24 hours, had to remain in the country. It seemed, more blatantly evident than ever, that the Prince of Salina was right: “everything needs to change, so everything can stay the same”. However, things have changed in a decade or so, and if anyone is surprised by the display of military might that President Putin made last Saturday in Moscow, maybe other facts should be taken into account, such as that Crimea is probably going to be Russian for ever, that Putin has signed more trade agreements with India and China in the last few months than in a whole decade (in order to purchase from them, by the way, what he used to purchase from Europe, and at a much better price), that Europe is still energetically dependent from Russia to a considerable extent, and that the Russian economy is undergoing a hard time now probably rather due to the price of oil than to foreign economic sanctions.

When President Putin spoke last at the IMF, back in December, he used the old rhetoric of the Russian bear, a metaphor as old as the Crimean War, to describe the relations between Russia and the West. Some analysts, and some  politicians, interpreted his words as a not-so-veiled threat, but in fact it was a much more effective slogan in terms of national politics. As the display of power he made in Moscow evidenced–a corollary of his annexation of the Crimea–he continues to feed into this intangible feeling of making Russians proud of being Russians, proud of celebrating Victory Day. Opinion polls show that in that area he is certainly going in the right direction. Time will tell if Europe is strong enough to de-claw the bear.


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Written on April 28, 2015 by Waya Quiviger in News

Saturday, 25th April 2015, 11:56 AM.

Image:It was the time and date when Nepal was struck by a massive 7.8 Richter scale earthquake. It has since then devastated the country and continues to do so. 3800+ confirmed deaths, 7000+ injuries, 70+ aftershocks and our families are out living on the streets in fear of going inside after having felt the wrath of nature. Our own immediate families are safe, but we consider every Nepalese to be our family. Right now, they need us. When we decided to come to IE, we knew we were leaving our homes, our families but had never thought that we would be leaving them to this. At this critical time, we feel helpless being here. For some of us, IE has been a home for the last 4 years. For others, a lot less. Nevertheless, it is the place we now call our home. We can only imagine the pain that Nepal is going through right now, and so we have started a funding campaign to help our friends, our families, the families of our friends, and the friends of our families. Now we ask the IE community for their support; now we ask the IE family for help.

Smaller campaigns allow us to reach the communities accessible to our family and friends, and help those that foreign aid may not. A lot of the times, larger charities are limited by their priorities, and while help is needed by everyone, these charities can only support those that need immediate help. We want to help those that may not have faced the entire burden of the quake but need help nonetheless- these communities are usually overlooked by larger charities who have more pressing issues to deal with. Bearing that in mind, we would like admit to you that we are yet to look at charities and do not want to take a hasty decision. The help we are hoping to provide is not immediate and is rather long term and so we will have to wait for the situation to subside a bit before knowing which organization/organizations has been and will be truly effective. We want to plan before we take a decision. What we can give you right now is an idea of what we want to do, as we see it, and as Nepalese we feel we need to do.

With the IE Fundraiser, we intend to fund a local charity or relief effort that we know will do good work rather than a larger charity. We are in contact with like minded people who are also raising funds in different continents and who want us to pool our funding. That being said, we want the power to be within the ones who care. For that, we would like to request the IE Community not only for financial support but a lot more. We need help identifying the charity or effort we will be supporting. As locals, we will compile a list of charities that we think are effective in their work in Nepal. With them, we will provide a short description of each charity and/or relief effort, what they do, and what they want to do. Once we reach the target of funds, which is 5000 Euros at this time, we will then call for a vote by the IE Community. Each and every member of the IE Community, whether a donor or not, will have a chance to say where the money will go.

In order to facilitate the process, we need a supervisor, most preferably a professor, or a caring IE Community member that will supervise the entire process. We also need volunteers that are willing to help us physically raise funds in Segovia and in Madrid. We would be honored if they want to go to Nepal with us and volunteer. Finally, we need your voice. Every Euro may help save countless lives. You may help save countless lives. With that, we request that you please support our campaign at: https://www.gofundme.com/swzrrg

Keep a look out for our volunteers in University, and do ask them a couple of words in Nepali before you donate. If you want to become a supervisor or volunteer, please contact Tsering Kenji in the Segovia Campus and Anup Satyal or Nischal Shrestha in the Madrid Campus. 



A Dialogue with European Commissioner Lord Jonathan Hill

We are pleased to invite you to meet Lord Jonathan Hill – European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union.

Commissioner Hill will talk about the European Commission’s priority of restoring jobs and growth in Europe and the role of banks and capital markets in financing the economy. He will present the main features of the Commission’s Capital Markets Union currently under consultation. Lord Hill will speak about the role of finance and the importance of risk-taking and an entrepreneurial attitude.

Limited seats. Confirmation of attendance is necessary through the following link: https://clubs.ie.edu/iecampuslife/rsvp?id=200002472

You can also attend through videoconference: http://meet.ie.edu/titansoffinance-lordhill/

Monday, May 4, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

S-001/S-002, c/Serrano 105, Madrid 28006, Spain


Lord Jonathan Hill
European Commission
European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union

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