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El País - Spain | 07/01/2016

Ian Bremmer laments weakening of US-Europe alliance

The weakening of the alliance between the US and Europe will become increasingly apparent in 2016, comments political scientist Ian Bremmer in the centre-left daily El País: "The divisions between the US and Europe will be apparent this year on the issues of Ukraine and Syria. The US will stick to its principles: it will insist on maintaining the sanctions against Russia until Ukraine frees itself from Putin and on al-Assad's departure. The Europeans, who are suffering the direct consequences of these two situations, will opt for pragmatism. The EU will no doubt relax the sanctions against Russia and pick out its enemies in Syria one by one. The loss of substance in transatlantic relations will also mean that in the future it won't matter that the United States and Europe have more in common with each other than with China; the economic realities will weigh more than shared values. This is a pity for an alliance that, despite all its defects, has contributed more than any other to promoting democracy, freedom of expression and the rule of law."

El País - Spain | 18/08/2014

Beware of alliance between China and Russia

US political analyst Ian Bremmer voices fears that China could intervene in the conflict between the West and Russia in the left-liberal daily El País: "The West must closely observe the improved relations between China and Russia. ... In China there is sufficient resentment of the West's conduct for them to come to the aid of the Russians if necessary. It would be even more dangerous if China's comprehensive new programme causes such a fuss that Beijing deliberately picks a fight with other countries to unite the people behind the government. In that case Japan would be the easiest target: on the one hand because it's a close ally of the US and on the other because relations between China and Japan are traditionally poor."

El País - Spain | 25/02/2009

Ian Bremmer on the new non-polar world

The president of the Eurasia Group Ian Bremmer criticises in the daily El País the widespread concept of a multi-polar world in which the US surrenders part of its international power to up-and-coming states like China, India or Russia: "All these [voices] are mistaken. The power of the US may be experiencing a marked decline, but a multi-polar order would imply that several powers had different opinions on how to deal with the world, and also that they were prepared to use their power to realise these plans. This is not the case. On the contrary, we are witnessing the birth of a non-polar world in which the main competitors of the US are too busy with the problems in their own countries and with their direct neighbours to try and contest any attempts by others to take on the most difficult international challenges. … In the coming years it is increasingly likely that those who ask the US for help in a crisis will receive a 'no' in response. And it is unclear whether anybody else will be in a position to say yes."

El País - Spain | 03/05/2007

The appeal of nationalism in Scotland

Ian Bremmer, head of Eurasia Group, an American risk-prevention agency, stresses the danger that lies in an SNP victory in the Scottish Parliament. "The repercussions of a Scottish Parliament dominated by the nationalists ... might be felt beyond the borders of Great Britain. The victory of the SNP and the probable scission with the United Kingdom could toughen-up the Catalan and Basque separatists in Spain, the Flemish in Belgium and even the Italian northerners who say they want to be separate from the south of the country, a less prosperous region. These are movements that need numerous years to develop along with historical circumstances. And progress towards Scotland's independence could provide impetus for separatism in any of these other countries. For, even if it is highly improbable that the Scottish elections will have domino effect, political movements like democratisation, decolonisation, socialism, capitalism or nationalism evolve by little waves."

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