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Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega To sit and to be on the Security Council

Periodically, more or less every 10 years, Spain gears itself for the enormous effort to get itself elected by the UN General Assembly a non-permanent member of the Security Council for two years. Planning for the occasion was initiated by the previous Spanish government, under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, [...]

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Let’s ask… ‘What European solidarity can Italy and Spain, faced with an avalanche of illegal immigrants in Ceuta and Melilla and Lampedusa, ask for and expect?’

Andrés Ortega asks Corinne Balleix, Political scientist (Science Po, París) and author of La politique migratoire de l’Union européenne, and Ferruccio Pastore, Director of FIERI (Forum Internazionale ed Europeo di Ricerche sull’Immigrazione, Turin, Italy). [...]

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 [...]

Who wields power in Brussels?

Guest author: Jose María de Areilza (ESADE Law School & ASPEN Institute Spain). The Spanish government has begun to recover credibility in  European institutions, lost during the Zapatero era. Some voices deny it and seek evidence to the contrary. They mention appointments in the Executive Council of the European [...]

Opportunities for Spanish Diplomacy in Times of Crisis

Economic criteria were the driving forces underlying the decision. However, there should also be a more strategic consideration, linked to a view of the future of Spanish diplomacy (and foreign policy in general) in a context of adapting to the new European legal framework and the new capacities assumed [...]

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 [...]

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