William Chislett

Senior Research Fellow at the Elcano Royal Institute, journalist and writer. Author of the Elcano's monthly news review Inside Spain and of four books on Spain published by the Institute. William Chislett website | @WilliamChislet3

Spain’s protests over pensions: no room for populist measures

Old age pensioners (OAPs) have been protesting across Spain at their ‘miserable’ pensions which since 2014 have stopped being automatically indexed to inflation and have risen by only 0.25% a year under reforms aimed at making the creaking system sustainable. The population is ageing at a much faster pace [...]

Catalonia secessionist parties regain control of the region’s parliament

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s gamble that the snap election he called would help return Catalonia, one of Spain’s richest regions, to ‘normality and legality’ did not pay off, as the three pro-independence parties again won a narrow majority in the Catalan parliament on under 50% of the vote and [...]

Not everything has gone badly in Spain

In times of national angst, such as that caused by the struggle for independence in Catalonia, the most serious crisis in Spain since the attempted coup in 1981 and which turned violent when people tried to vote in last Sunday’s unconstitutional referendum, it is easy to become despondent and [...]

Global Spain

Only now is Spain recovering its pre-crisis (2008) GDP level. Its Great Recession took a heavy toll, particularly in terms of unemployment, but one area – internationalisation– has hardly been affected. The 2017 Elcano Global Presence Index of the Elcano Royal Institute, which measures the results of internationalisation, ranks [...]

Spain finally bounces back – after nine years

At some point before the summer Spain will regain its pre-crisis (2008) GDP level. This will doubtless be the cause of some celebration in the conservative Popular Party (PP) government, which for the last six years has been getting to grips with the problems. Spain’s Great Recession, following the [...]

Spain on course for another record year in tourism

Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey’s loss of tourists, because of political violence and security concerns, has been partly Spain’s gain, helping the country to notch up another record year in arrivals. As a result of a bumper July, with 9.6 million tourists (+9.1% year-on-year), the total number for 2016 will [...]

Spain holds firm in the Elcano Global Presence Index, despite economic crisis

Spain‘s economic woes have not prevented the country from maintaining its global presence. The country remained in 12th position out of 90 countries in the 2016 Elcano Global Presence Index Report and with a slightly higher score (see Figure 1). The index, the result of adding together 16 variables [...]

Spain’s failure yet again to meet budget deficit target strains relations with Brussels

The conservative Popular Party (PP) government widely failed to meet the 2015 budget deficit target agreed with the European Commission (EC), leaving a daunting legacy for the next administration, whenever there is one, further eroding Spain’s credibility and straining relations with Brussels which will be asked for more time [...]

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