#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (6): France

On occasion of the recent meeting at the Elcano Royal Institute with the French Ambassador to Spain Jérôme Bonnafont on 29 October,  we continue our series of posts on what’s new on the IEPG 2012 ranking. In 2012 France was 5th in the IEPG, after dropping one place from[...]

The cost of non-Europe in development policy

In early 2013, the European Parliament commissioned several studies on aid coordination; the starting point being that a ‘Non-Europe’ implies a cost –or different types of costs– for the Union as a whole. The Elcano Royal Institute has contributed to these studies with an analysis on the benefits and[...]

#IEPG. Measuring the global presence of countries (5): the Netherlands

On occasion of the speech of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands on 17 September –which declared the end of the Dutch welfare state– and the recent meeting at the Elcano Royal Institute with the Dutch Ambassador to Spain Cornelis van Rij, we continue our series of posts on what’s[...]

Japan: facing challenges

The past three years have been a time of changes for Japan. On the one hand, changes have been brought about by natural causes: the consequences of the fierce tsunami that struck the islands forced the administration to change its energy policy, which was largely based on nuclear power;[...]

Cyprus: small sized but strategically located

On 17 September, Ioannis Kasoulides, the Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs and former Vice-president of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, visited the Elcano Royal Institute for a working lunch. Mr Kasoulides highlighted the close relations between Spain and Cyprus, with both countries sharing positions on[...]

Almighty Merkel: Ready to enter the minefield?

Angela Merkel has emerged as the undisputable winner of the German elections. With these results (almost 42% of the votes) in her third elections Merkel is on a path to join both Kohl and Adenauer as one of the greatest chancellors in German post-war history. The majority of Germans[...]

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[...]

Is China becoming a ‘normal’ oil player in Africa?

Chinese investments in Africa increased from roughly US$1 billion in 2000 to over US$200 billion in 2012, a significant part being related to the extraction of natural resources. China has become the third-largest importer of African oil, which now accounts for around one-third of its total oil imports. Oil[...]

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