A successful european Business man.

Por Diana García Quirós.

MADRID-Andrew Duff es un gestor entusiasta y profesional que se especializa en la creación e implementación de programas de cambio de negocio de éxito. Él tiene una gran riqueza de conocimientos sobre la manera de inspirar a los equipos de proyecto para aumentar los ingresos, reducir los costes y mejorar la productividad, derivado de 20 años trabajando con las principales organizaciones de Outsourcing de Procesos de Negocio a través de diferentes sectores industriales en Irlanda, Reino Unido y Europa. Es miembro del PMI Global, el capítulo irlandesa local y el Instituto de Gestión de Proyectos de Irlanda. Ha escrito un libro sobre Economía y él es sólo listo para empezar a escribir un libro de ficción.

Andrés

Empezó a estudiar Negocios y Ciencias Sociales en el Trinity College de Dublín en 1984. Pero él no estaba seguro de si quería trabajar en los negocios o en las humanidades. Después de dos años se decidió por los temas de negocios debido a que le encanta aprender, escuchar y hablar de por qué nosotros, los consumidores se comportan de la manera que lo hacemos “ . Él ser primer trabajo fue en una empresa en Dublín, Phonovation. Fue una gran experiencia para él. Él aprendió mucho porque vio el progreso de una empresa desde sus orígenes.

Durante los últimos 9 meses ha vuelto a la universidad para estudiar las nuevas técnicas de gestión internacionales emergentes en Project Management Professional. Le gusta trabajar con la gente para solucionar las empresas cuando se enferman, obsoletos o poco rentable. Se crea Todo cambio empresarial a través de proyectos. Cita:

 ” En los últimos 15 años ha habido un gran avance en las técnicas de gestión de proyectos, así que necesitaba para entender y aprender éstos adentro hacia afuera “ .

con una empresa de entre 18 – 60 meses, dependiendo de la cantidad de cambio que se requiere. Su último proyecto es de 30 meses y fue a cambiar y operar un bar, Club & Restaurant grupo de empresas. Dijo que una vez que se quedó con una empresa desde hace 7 años, cuando se unió había 1.118 personas empleadas; cuando se fue había 46.000 empleados

La compañía de más rápido crecimiento de todos los tiempos en el Reino Unido. “

Formulario de él es muy importante saber que trabaja el mercado internacional porque hes trabajo es internacional. Ha realizado proyectos en Irlanda, EE.UU. y SA. Se le ofreció recientemente un papel en el Caribe, pero declinó la oportunidad ya que no querían estar lejos de su familia.

Estuvimos hablando sobre las claves del éxito y para él, esas llaves son

 “Para ser honesto, confiable, sincero, trabajador, respeto a sí mismo, nunca darse por vencido y, sobre todo, no criticar a otro ser humano” .

Él destacar que si usted consigue algo mal, hay que reconocer su error y disculpas por ello y tratar de hacer lo mejor para hacerlo bien la próxima vez porque estas cosas avancen personas. Me dijo que en la vida siempre es bueno perdonar a las personas y se olvide delitos menores cuando las cosas van mal. Aprender de la experiencia y seguir adelante. Cita:

Nunca he conocido a una persona todavía que deliberadamente trató de hacer algo mal . “ 4It es mucho más difícil de tratar de entender y utilizar nuestro intelecto para comprender por qué una persona ha cometido un error de juzgar a esa persona.

El conocimiento es poder, comprender es la sabiduría “ .

Por último, acerca de la situación económica en Europa Él tiene una opinión muy clara de cómo Europa es y cómo este conflicto va a evolucionar. Él piensa que Europa está en un estado de flujo, debido principalmente a la liquidez de capital y problemas de crecimiento. Europa se encuentra en una guerra económica; sin embargo, los únicos países que son conscientes de la existencia de la guerra son Reino Unido, Alemania, Francia y Rusia. La guerra va a continuar durante otros 5 a 10 años, y luego de Europa probablemente se dividirá en 3 – 4 regiones, es poco probable que el euro va a sobrevivir, hay reformas estructurales que se requieren, y sin embargo, no son un Estado federal. Los próximos 18 meses son cruciales por dos razones:

¿Serán Reino Unido y Grecia permanezca en la UE y 2) ¿Puede la reparación del sistema bancario de la UE en sí la suficiente rapidez antes de que otra crisis crisis del mercado de valores o de liquidez “.

La táctica Easing Cuantitativa actual en toda Europa es una estratagema de deflexión por Alemania para mantener España, Portugal, Reino Unido, Italia, Polonia y Rusia frente a la esencia de la cuestión central de la deuda escribir, la deuda amortizar y la pobreza a gran escala en Europa continental durante el el próximo 3 años. Políticamente Putin probablemente mirar a reunirse en algunos países cercanos a él, por lo que podría tener la volatilidad política significativa que hará que Europa y los mercados globales de acciones turbulencia. Hago la sensación de que Rusia – Alemania se bloqueará cuernos y tussle económicamente a veces en los próximos 12 a 15 meses, lo que provocará una gran cantidad de dolor e inestabilidad para Europa.

A diplomatic point of view about the European issues

Caía

MADRID – The girl of the photo is Carmen María Aríñez Sanjines. She is 27 years old and she is from Bolivia. She came to Spain to study Sociology in the Universidad de Salamanca. Then she moved to The Hague and studied a University’s Master in the International Institute of Social Studies. Nowadays, she works in the Bolivian Embassy in The Netherlands (The Hague), but she is not the ambassador. She and her team are working in regaining rights for Bolivia to access to the sea. I knew her the first time I was on the Netherlands and in that moment, I knew she had a very interesting life. That is why I decided to interview her last week.

Lately, Europe is living an outpouring of speculation and troubles. From United Kingdom to Russia, I have asked her about all the current issues taking place in this area, especially in the Union.

And regarding with the Union we have started to talk about Ireland. Ireland, one of the most catholic States in the world approved same-sex marriages by referendum. Aríñez said that it was a clear example of the change that European society was suffering. Europeans, especially young Europeans were becoming more tolerant and they wanted to live in a free society. European society is advancing, even more in the Western European States.

With this situation in the EU, the United Kingdom is going to celebrate a referendum to decide if they will continue being part of the Union or not. Carmen María said the decision would affect the state itself, the whole continent, even the United States of America. It could change the future of the Union and of the UK. If the UK decided to leave the EU, Scotland would have a referendum regarding its membership to the United Kingdom or to the European Union. And the UK could establish similar relationships as those who have nowadays with the Union, but with the US.

Moreover –she said- there were more and more European people voting parties against the Union in all member States. So, the dream of creating a Federal European State is increasingly more difficult.

After that, we decided to talk about Jihadism. Carmen said that she was a little worried but she trusted on European security and defence forces. They were acting hard against this threat, Jihadist would not succeed. The rest of the Muslims not even support what they are doing. Terrorism would never succeed. And –she added- what Europeans could not do is to think Jihadism is the same that Islam. Islam is a religion, Muslims are not terrorists, Jihadists are. We should not take measures against Islam here in Europe.

When talking about Ukraine, she thinks the most important issue here is Russia. She said Russia was developing a very aggressive foreign policy. They were constantly increasing the amounts of money that are invested in the weapon industry. It seemed like Russia wanted to reestablish the former USSR one way or another. But there is a very important danger we can see here. In this kind of conflicts, the main battle is disputed between Russia –itself or with its allies- and Western countries. Does not it ring you a bell? Thus the Cold War started the last century.

Moreover, she wanted to talk more about Putin and his domestic policy plans. She said Russia was in crisis and Putin is wasting money in defence when there was not any war involving them. It seemed like something is failing.

Another controverting issue that is taking place nowadays is the relations between Greece and Germany. Carmen does not consider Syriza as a radical party. She said this party represented the Greek population. Greeks felt humiliated by Germany, their situation had been horrible, people had been suffering a terrible crisis they had not provoked, and Germany and their banks submitted them. I did not think Greece deserves being bailed out of the Eurozone, and far less of the Union.

Finally, I asked her about the possible migration quota plan that Europarliament is trying to establish. She guesses the Parliament is not going to pass the law. There are many countries that did not want that plan, so they were going to vote no. She thinks the plan could work, but maybe it was necessary a fairer redistribution of quotas.

by Jose A. Villacorta

Inés Díez de Frutos: “Who looks after refugees in Europe?”

Inés Díez de Frutos is a modern heroine who fights for the basic rights of migrants and refugees that arrive to Europe. She fights for the their Human Rights.

MADRID – Inés Díez de Frutos is an active member of Amnesty International since 2004, date she joined the organisation. When it comes to explain her actual role in Amnesty International, Inés explains how lucky she is to dedicate herself to work on something that motivates her. “I fight for the defence of Human Rights”, she responds being proud of herself. Inés is actually a member staff of the State Secretariat of Amnesty lnternational section in Spain whose actions are focussed on  refugees and immigration issues. Amnesty International has decades working with refugees and migrants. It has helped to prevent the return of refugees to countries where they may face persecution and protect the most vulnerable migrants from exploitation and abuse by their employers and those engaged in trafficking and smuggling.

Refugees from Syria and Libya and also migrants from North Africa are trying to reach Europe in hope of a better life. In 2013, EU received 225.000 asylum applications and only 14 per cent of the migrants that applied for asylum  have been relocated throughout the continent. Moreover, 10 million people are stateless, that means no country recognises them as citizens. This figure however does not take into account illegal migration. Inés distinguishes between refugees and migration. She assures that the number of asylum applications do not match with the total number of individuals that get in Europe. Asylum seekers and refugees are people who have been forced to leave their countries because of persecution or well-founded fear of persecution. Refugees are individuals persecuted for any of the reasons listed in the Geneva Convention and not just for political reasons. Regarding the refugees who are seeking asylum in Europe, EU holds exclusive competences on asylum and  refuge. So, the European Institutions set the political agenda of this matter. Inés thinks: “I do not think that European policies are aimed to help refugees, their efforts are focussed on the prevention of refugees to get in Europe”. Inés, speaking out on behalf of Amnesty International, demands Europe for the compliance with International treaties which were signed and ratified. Those International Treaties allow refugees to reach European territory and apply for asylum. Therefore, “We call EU for the creation of a humanitarian visa as well as for the creation of a Resettlement Migrants Plan”, Inés suggests.

As she pointed out during the interview: “Migrants and refugees leave their home because instability or bad living standards. They reach Europe being full of hope. However, they still being poor and most of them get job offers under exploitation conditions. Who looks after refugees in Europe? Amnesty International does. We fight for the provision of human rights for those do not have” Inés says.

Inés stressed the indifference of Westerns when it comes to solve problem that are not directly related to them. Al, the department of Amnesty International where Inés is working at, is an advocacy organisation. Inés through Al works on getting governmental support for implementing policies that have positive impacts on refugees’ human rights. “We are following the guidelines provided by plan formulated to international level. At the moment, we are running a campaign named SOS Europe”, Inés confirms. She explains that ‘SOS Europe campaign’ provides assistance and rescue for individuals that try to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

Child refugees  are easily adaptable to new cultures. However, adult refugees posses different values and cultures compared to Europe. Inés believes that the creation of ghettos in European cities or the rise of racist movements are not related to great amount of refugees and migrants that arrived to Europe for the last years. As she expressed: “I do not think that insecurity could be attributed to migrants, refugees or both of them”. She also mentions that media and politicians usually named migrants as “intruders” who take advantage of the generosity of host countries. This artificial image of migrants leads to racism and discrimination. Despite common Knowledge, migration cause positive impact on refugees origin States. Amnesty International does not provide refugees with the education or training needed to get a job because the organisation is not a NGO. Inés pointed out Amnesty International requires EU policies to respect the Human Rights of refugees to be them protected from racist movements, xenophobia, exploitation at workplace. Inés affirms: “None should be repatriated to their home country where they are at risk of human rights abuses.

Interviewee: Inés Díez de Frutos.

Interviewee: Inés Díez de Frutos.

Interviewer: Isabel Berga Romero

Interviewer: Isabel Berga Romero

Note: This interview has been translated originally from Spanish.

Two Norwegian diplomats in Spain

Norwegian-Embassy

If you like to travel, learn different cultures and live in different countries, working in an embassy is the perfect job.

Kristian Røed, first secretary of political and economic issues and Lars Andersen, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Norway in Madrid, tell us how is the work of a diplomat, their functions and other opinions on Spain in a Norwegian view.

In the Norwegian Embassy in Madrid there are about 20 employees. Seven of them are Norwegian diplomats sent from Norway to work in Madrid and the rest are Spanish employees on permanent contracts. The Norwegian Embassy in Madrid is considered as a medium embassy. A big embassy, explains Lars, would be the one in New York with 50 diplomats, as well as the one in Berlin and London.

When I asked them about the function of the embassy they both answered in one word – “interests” – keeping up the interests that Norway has with Spain.

Their adventure as diplomats started after completing a three years training program as candidates in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs combined with practice in Norway and abroad. Lars tells us that apart of the training, the languages are a very important part of it. The Norwegian level must be high in addition of having a good knowledge of the country. To work in the Norwegian Embassy in Madrid you must have a good knowledge of the Spanish language, Kristian says. His Spanish has greatly improved thanks to the Spanish staff working in the embassy.

The most important position in the embassy is the ambassador and secondly comes the executive minister, in this case, our interviewee Lars. He says “My most important function is to replace the ambassador when he is away. I also manage the budget and handle issues regarding the European Economic Area. In fact my position is multifunctional.”

Kristian’s function is to analyse the political and economic situation in Spain, “which by the way is very interesting” he says. At the moment the political relationship between Spain and Norway is closer than it was before. Regarding trade, Norway exports gas and fish, including the famous beloved salmon, he smiles. Spain exports wine and vegetables to Norway – actually very good Spanish wine which he loves.

There is a big difference between Spanish and Norwegian economy. Kristian explains that “Norway has been quite lucky with oil and fish although we had an economic crisis in the nineties regarding the housing crisis. “Norwegians tried to make a change. They modernized and are now better prepared for future crisis.”

With regards to Spain, Kristian believes that despite the problems, Spain works well. Spain has a very sophisticated economy that is not only based in beaches and tourism. He points out that one of the fundamental problems in Spain is the educational system which he compares to other countries, especially mentioning the programme for international student assessment (PISA).

As diplomats in a foreign country they have to adopt. This is very important. I asked them about their progress regarding the understanding of Spanish customs. Lars answers that “at first it was difficult because Spain has a different way of organizing for example the form of making contracts.”

Kristian however, emphasizes while laughing “In Norway a business meal takes at most half an hour. However, when it comes to Spain it takes almost the whole afternoon”. But after this he gets serious and says that “Norwegians are very naive, we trust everyone, but once we leave the country we must look for “very good lawyers.”

Being a diplomat is a very interesting job. You travel a lot and get to know many different cultures. To find more information, Lars advises us to enter the website of the Norwegian government, www. mfa.no, where we can find more information about Norway. Kristian encourages us and all those who want to be diplomats and emphasizes the importance to study hard and “not only learn the language and the theory in the university, but also read and study what is happening in the world each day. You have to be updated” he concludes.

CW MUN´s Global Commitment to build International Relations

By Marina Quirante

Ainhoa Sánchez at the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York City.

Ainhoa Sánchez at the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York City.

MADRID – Ainhoa Sánchez, 28, is in charge of contacting the colleges and universities from Spain that will later take part in the project Change the World Model UN (CWMUN), which is an international meeting attended annualy in Dubai, New York and Rome by around 1500 students that come from all over the world, to debate the major current issues steamed in the international political agenda. She also does the selection of the students who will take part, as well as their formation and follow-up before and during the project. Furthermore, she is responsible for all the students who come from Spain in the cities where the project is taking place.

Her profession consists on having specific knowledge in regards to the current international issues being discussed in and outside the United Nations.

So as to Ireland Gay Marriage Referendum, she believes that “it is excellent news because it confirms one of the most important principles of the democracies, which is “one person, one vote”.” In effect, she said that, unlike other 17 countries of the world that had already passed in their laws the homosexual marriage, the catholic Ireland has worked out favourable the referendum with 60% of the YES position of the population, when just 20 years ago the homosexuality in this country was penalized by jail.

In reference to the topic of the immigration towards Europe, she pointed out that the secretary general of United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon, urged last May 27th to Europe to redouble its efforts to save the lives of the immigrants who venture in the Mediterranean Sea to come to the coasts of the European continent.

Ban defended the urgent adoption of a plan of double action that stops the humanitarian drama of the immigrants. Likewise, he remembered that the developed countries have the obligation to identify the reasons that lead thousands of persons to risk their lives to emigrate in mass and to try to look for solutions in their places of origin.

Ainhoa said that “the EU will need the approval of the UN or of Libya to sink the ships of the mafias that operate in the north of Africa and send immigrants to Europe” and that the secretaries of Exteriors and Defence of the European Union have celebrated a summit to approve measures against the immigrants’ traffic.

In regards to the EU Commission Quota plan, she said that on the part of the European Community, it has been proposed to distribute in an obligatory way between the countries of the EU a total of 40.000 plaintiffs of asylum arrivals to Italy and Greece. Even though, the countries with major quota are Germany and Sweden, it would correspond to Spain to receive approximately 5.200 immigrants, who represent 9,1% of the total. “This system of distribution harms Spain due to the high index of unemployment of our country, which impedes the insertion of immigrants”, she said.

With reference to the elections in United Kingdom, she believes that these have turned out to be a massive support to David Cameron’s Conservative Party, which has overcome the recession in the last 5 years. These unexpected results will “allow completing the economic project of the conservative leader”, Ainhoa said. As for their relations with Europe, the prime minister supports his promise to celebrate a referendum, before the end of 2017, on the permanency of the United Kingdom in the European Union.

As for Angela Merkel´s promise to David Cameron to reform UE treatises, the German Chancellor declared that “wherever there is a desire, there is also a way”. She has hinted that the raised by Cameron is viable in his most, although she has also used the expression “red lines” and that ” Let’s look at the content of what Mr Cameron wants before we assess how – and if – we can achieve it”, leaving for consideration the discussion on whether to reform or not the European agreements.

“It is clear that the weight of Germany in the UE is determinant, and the chancellor demonstrates, in my opinion, a vision of Cameron’s situation that cannot be decided in an assembly formed by 28 states”, Ainhoa said. She also stated “I consider Angela Merkel´s political vision to maintain United Kingdom in the European Union to be wise.”

Finally, concerning the current debility of certain countries such as Greece and Cyprus, an exit of Greece of the Eurozone would be costly. Though Ainhoa thinks “it does not owe so much to the economy of the Eurozone, as it is actually, a small fraction”.

Ainhoa also said that if Greece were moving back from the Eurozone, it would struggle to pay the debt and might declare a suspension of payments. Another cost might be the uncertainty in the economic Eurozone in a moment in which the economy is basically stopped. She believes that if an increase takes place in the cost of the credit and a decrease in the investment, the efforts to re-live the growth in the Eurozone would be stopped.

Ireland says “Yes, I do” to equality

On the 22nd of May, Ireland became the first State of the world to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote.

Irish citizens took part in one of the most historical moments related to freedom and democracy. The Government of Ireland celebrated a referendum to approve same-sex marriage. The results of the poll have shown a clearly victory for those who supported the gay marriage. The “yes” side scores 1.2 million of votes (62%). On the other hand, the “no” side gathered only 37% of the whole constituents. The gay marriage poll seems to have reach higher levels of turnouts than in other referendums in the country. According to RTÉ, also known as Ireland’s National Television and Radio Broadcaster, the total turnout was estimated between 50% and 60%.

The Catholic church holds a powerful role in Irish society. It was the main supporter of the ‘no’ campaign. David Quinn is the director of the Iona Institute and he was the main leader of spreading the ‘no’ campaign throughout the nation:

Taking into account that around 82% of the Irish population is Catholic, the “good social rules” promoted by David Quinn’s speeches have set the mind of many Irish Catholics. In a result, the ‘no’ campaign appeals to the “right morality” linked to the traditional sexuality values.

“Same-sex marriage would deny distinct roles of mums and dads” – David Quinn

The main dogma of the Catholic Church is love. Is not love enough to raise a child? Do gay people provide different love to children than heterosexual couples? In case of single mothers, are they not able to raise children properly by themselves?

Despite the efforts done by the Catholic church, the ‘yes’ side won. Same-sex marriage would be recognised by the Constitution by adding the following sentence: ‘Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons without distinction as to their sex.’

David Quinn tweeted the following post and congratulations to the ‘Yes’ campaign.

Until 1993, homosexuality was illegal and considered a criminal offense for the nation. Nowadays, same-gender marriage has only been legalised in 19 countries such as Mexico and United Kingdom. Gay marriage is only recognised in 37 States of the US. Gay people still being oppressed by narrowed minds. In some developing States like Mauritania, homosexuality is punished by death. In western culture, homosexuality is not condemned but gay people do not have the same rights as others do according to the Constitution. United States and Europe are presume to be the most liberal cultures. How is it possible that gay community is still facing bulling? How is it possible that LGBT community does not have the right to change legal gender, commercial surrogacy for gay couples and blood donations?

Irish gay marriage poll have led to people express their opinions regarding this controversial topic. Our team has interviewed James Chanon, who is an English men  settled down in Madrid. James supports gay marriage but do not like children get involved. Also, he said: “I am white, straight British men. I respect when a  black man or gay person complain about me. However, if I complain about a black or gay person I am racist or homophobic”. What do you think? Are we becoming more tolerant or do you support James’ ideology?

David Cameron’s Conservatives win UK elections

UK Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party won the most unpredictable election in ages with absolute majority.

David Cameron and his Conservatives obtained a victory in the British general election with an absolute majority that nobody had been expecting. Furthermore, the nation was shocked to receive such results, as they had been conditioned by pre-election polls to expect a coalition between the Conservatives and Labour. Friday results show that the party has assured a complete majority in Parliament.

The Conservatives accomplished a total of 331 of 650 seats in the House of Commons, which are 24 more seats than the obtained in 2010 election and five more seats than the required to govern on its own in Parliament.

These results caused the resignations of several leaders of losing parties, such as Ed Miliband from Labour’s, Nick Clegg from centrist Liberal Democrats´and Nigel Farage from the populist, anti-immigration, anti-European Union U.K. Independence Party. On the one hand, Labour Party won 232 seats, 26 less than in 2010. Indeed, this opposition Labour Party and its leader, Ed Miliband, changed the party’s strategy from the centrist ideology Tony Blair pursued during the 1990s and 2000s. On the other hand, Scottish National Party, which favors independence for Scotland, won 56 of 59 seats in Scotland, 50 more than in 2010.

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In a speech, David Cameron promised to govern United Kingdom in the most fairly way and declared the following statement: “The government I led did important work. It laid the foundations for a better future, and now we must build on them.”

Moreover, the Conservatives in general describe themselves as a party that aims to work towards the recovery of jobs and economic situations, the reduction of income tax for 30 million people and the spent of cuts to eliminate a 5% budget deficit of gross domestic product.

Specifically, in regards to Cameron’s campaign themes, the Prime Minister defended that he will be centered primarily on domestic issues, rising employment, reducing taxes, and improving homeownership, schools and dignity in retirement. This way, Mr. Cameron will start his second term facing challenges such as holding off calls from Scotland for independence and managing pressure to leave the European Union. Moreover, he has declared his intention to  renegotiate the terms of Britain’s membership as one of the 28 nations that form the European Union and to hold a referendum by the end of 2017 on the dispute about whether Britain should remain in such bloc or not.

“One nation, one United Kingdom – that is how I hope to govern if I am fortunate enough to continue as Prime Minister.” said Cameron on his twitter account @David_Cameron.