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

Will Spain’s political stalemate damage its economic recovery?

The Spanish economy had a good year in 2015, but it ended with an inconclusive election on 20 December that produced a fragmented parliament. Almost two months later there is still no sign of a new government, and the potential impact on the economy’s recovery after a long recession [...]

EU in marriage of convenience with Turkey over migrants

Turkey and the EU struck a bargain under which the country whose European Union accession process has virtually ground to a halt will stem migrant flows to Europe in return for €3 billion in aid, fast-tracked visa privileges and the prospect of revived EU talks. Turkey is the key [...]

The conflictive centenaries of the Armenian ‘genocide’ and Gallipoli

Dates that for decades have commemorated significant events, particularly tragic ones, such as Remembrance Day in the UK (commonly known as Poppy Day) on 11 November, when the country remembers those who died in the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts, are sacred and never moved. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, [...]

Has Spain Turned the Corner?

After almost two years of doom and gloom, the Spanish government has been trumpeting, perhaps rather too loudly, some good news on the economic front: The economy shrank by ‘only’ 0.1% in the second quarter over the first quarter. Exports continue to boom. The number of tourists this year [...]

Spain’s Unemployment Conundrum

There is only a glimmer of light in Spain’s long unemployment tunnel after five years of recession. This is because a new economic model has yet to emerge to replace the one excessively based on the property sector, which collapsed with devastating consequences. The depth of Spain’s crisis is [...]

Parallels between Egypt’s and Turkey’s protests

The ousting by the military of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi must have been unsettling for Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who recently faced similar but much less massive protests over his authoritarian style of government. The Egyptian press put the number of protesters around the country at 14 [...]

New President of Cyprus: An Opportunity to Reunify the Country after almost 40 years

Nicos Anastasiades, the new president of Cyprus, divided since the Turkish invasion of the island in 1974 following a Greek-inspired coup, was the only prominent politician who voted in favour of Kofi Annan’s Plan in the 2004 referendum to reunify the country when he was head of the conservative [...]

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