Articles by Ana Fuentes

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Ana Fuentes
Ana Fuentes is The Corner Editor-in-Chief. Currently based in Madrid, she has been a correspondent in New York, Beijing and Paris for several international media outlets such as Prisa Radio, Radio Netherlands or CNN en español. Ana holds a degree in Journalism from the Complutense University in Madrid and the Sorbonne University in Paris, and a Masters in Journalism from Spanish newspaper El País. You can contact her at: anaf[at]thecorner.eu
MEP Ramón Jáuregui

“We all know that unanimity is the thorn in the side of the European Union”

Ana Fuentes (Strasbourg) | Where should the EU look in the future? What are the priorities? At a time of rapid change, protectionism and nationalist populism, the European Parliament has approved a document of minimums called The Future of Europe. As inevitably happens in such plural institutions, it is neither binding nor completely satisfies anyone, but sets out the challenges the still 28 members have to confront together if the European project is not to diluted. We discuss it with Ramón Jáuregui, socialist MEP and rapporteur of the text.


UN minorities rapporteur: A scrutiny which deserves to be scrutinised

UN Minorities Rapporteur: A Scrutiny Which Deserves To Be Scrutinised

Ana Fuentes | A special rapporteur from the UN visited Spain to “collect first hand information on the situation of minorities in the country, identify good practice and key areas which need improvement”. Why he chose the fourth economy in the Eurozone after Bostwana and Slovenia is a mystery.




"Nobody believes in the Doha Round...Multilateral negotiation in the WTO is over"

“Nobody Believes In The Doha Round…Multilateral Negotiation In The WTO Is Over”

Ana Fuentes | “Perhaps the solution is to have 40 or 50 states agreeing, for example, common rules on e-commerce. And that all who are interested can join, as distinct from commercial agreements which you cannot choose to be part of – so if the EU signs a free trade agreement (FTA) with Canada, Israel cannot decide to be part of it”, explains J. Robert Basedow, Professor of International Political Economy at the LSE.


This M&A surge is a "nonsense", according to Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“This Current M&A Surge Is The Most Stupid Thing”

Ana Fuentes | Quick and provocative, Nassim Nicholas Taleb (he insists on the presence of his second name to emphasize his Christian origins) is a machine in generating headlines. This was the Lebanese investor, resident in New York, who in 2007 developed the theory of the Black Swan, an unexpected event which changes the chain of events and which can only be rationalised after the event. Since then he has become a financial guru who dresses his ideas in striking concepts: Antifragility, pseudo stability, pseudo experts.


“Blockchain, A Decentralised Infrastructure, Is Interesting. We’ll See If It Can Be Monetised”

Ana Fuentes | “More than 80% of the global population has a mobile phone, more than can count on running water, a bathroom or electricity. We constantly generate data. But for us, as rational investors, the question is whether we are making profits from this, or whether we are just talking and beating about the bush.” concludes Zhang, who manages a fund specialising in Big Data for Rothschild, with 332 million euros under management and an annualised profit of 15.1%.


“It’s more expensive to send something from the South of Sweden to Stockholm than it is from China”

Ana Fuentes (Strasbourg) | “Amazon is able to optimize their consumers´ experience and thus push down prices to compete with traditional and online retailers in Europe, but what worries me more, is Alibaba. They are able to virtually ship goods for free, what makes them extremely competitive even compared to Amazon, due to the universal postal convention, which says that China as a developing country”, says Christofer Fjellner, Member of the Committee on International Trade at the European Parliament.



Germany will have to accept greater responsibility within the EU and in the world

“The “Schism” Between East And West Is More Dangerous Than The One Between North And South”

Ana Fuentes | “The European leaders will also have to deal with insuring and enlarging a multilateral open system for trade, threatened not only by the US policies, which will lead to Germany having to accept more responsibility within the EU and in the world – and this includes not only the fields of economy and finance,” says Joachim Bitterlich, who was advisor to former Chancellor Helmut Kohl and is currently Professor at the ESCP School in Paris.