Spanish foreign policy

Global Spectator, by Andrés Ortega Catalonia: the external dimension to the fore

The attempt to hold an independence referendum in Catalonia has been the focus of a good deal of Spanish foreign policy in recent months. The external dimension of the conflict –and what it could bring in its wake– is something that its proponents have tried to exploit, without any [...]

Australia: so far and yet so near

While geographically far apart, Spain and Australia have a steadily growing relationship. The core of their expanding bilateral engagement is defence cooperation, as explained at a recent working breakfast at the Elcano Royal Institute by Jane Marie Hardy, Australian Ambassador to Spain. Furthermore, both countries are like-minded on most [...]

Spain: looking ahead to the African Century

I am a great believer in Africa. In 2010 a study by the McKinsey Global Institute stated that six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies in the previous decade were not in Asia but on the African continent. Since then, my scepticism regarding an African economic miracle has gradually [...]

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 [...]

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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