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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 [...]

A new deal for Europe

The concept of a ‘multi-speed Europe’ –the idea that some EU member states should move ahead with more integration despite the resistance or lack of interest of others– is back. At least it is in the rhetoric of some European leaders. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the French [...]

A roadmap for sustainable electricity trade between Morocco and Europe

At the COP22 meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco and the EU member States France, Germany, Portugal and Spain announced a Joint Declaration on the Establishment of a Roadmap for Sustainable Electricity Trade (SET) between Morocco and the European Internal Energy Market. The goal is to facilitate the ‘mutually beneficial’ exchanges [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega English will continue to be spoken in Brussels

English is deeply rooted in the institutions of the EU and this is not about to change, whether Brexit finally comes to pass or not. The first reason is that, even though some commentators in Spain and beyond who are irritated by Brexit, including a celebrated Spanish cartoonist, may [...]

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 [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Spanish elections on 26 June: Have Spaniards fallen out of love with Europe?

The EU has been, and continues to be, an essential frame of reference for Spain. In the debates during this new election campaign people have occasionally resorted to expressions such as ‘Brussels demands that we…’ and ‘Brussels asks us to…’, sometimes forgetting that we ourselves are part of Brussels, [...]

Israeli Sephardim can finally be Spanish again

The Law 12/2015 of 24th June granting Spanish nationality to Sephardim originating in Spain, promoted by former Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, is a historic gesture that crowns the process of reconciliation of Spain with its Sephardim. This process began in 1900 when Senator Ángel Pulido reached out to [...]

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 [...]

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