Yearly Archive: 2012

Independence and the European Union

“Vive le Québec libre!” Who can forget de Gaulle’s mischievous and irresponsible speech in July 1967 during his visit to that hapless Province, which has become since then the eternal rallying cry for Western tribalism. And now, once again, joining the ever lengthening queue is Catalonia –the subtext of [...]

Welcome to the Elcano Blog

The Elcano Royal Institute’s blog opens today with the aim of encouraging the public to read, comment and discuss the ideas and opinions of our analysts on Spain’s foreign policy and action abroad and, indeed, on Spain’s global projection and international relations in general. The momentous changes taking place [...]

Difficult policy choices in China’s slowing economy

Contrary to expectations, China’s economy did not improve during the second quarter of this year (2Q12). In fact, GDP growth fell to 7.6% y/y (8.1% in 1Q12 and 9.5% in 2Q11). Several other indicators, such as industrial production or retail sales, decelerated sharply. Moreover, data published in July has [...]
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