Highlights

Catalonia’s independence bid: how did we get here? What is the European dimension? What next?

Elcano Royal Institute

This special dossier aims to provide an overview and background information on Catalonia’s independence bid, the attempts to ‘internationalise the conflict’ and its European dimension, and the possible future scenarios.


Latest publications

Quit kicking the can down the road: a Spanish view of EMU reforms

. 8/5/2018.

This document written by Spanish economists offers some recommendations towards a stronger architecture for the euro through deeper fiscal, financial and economic integration. It also advocates a greater degree of political union to provide democratic legitimacy and accountability.


The changing Chinese economic model: an opportunity for Spanish companies

Adrián Blanco Estévez. ARI 66/2018 (English version) - 8/5/2018.

This analysis focuses on China’s changing economic growth model and the important new business opportunities this change is generating for Spanish companies.


What is behind the African miracle? Implications for European cooperation

Nicolás Lippolis. ARI 65/2018 (English version) - 7/5/2018.

The evolution of African economies since the end of the raw-materials boom has been marked by a growing heterogeneity. The EU’s development cooperation should adapt to the new realities unfolding on the continent.


Should Europe limit Chinese investment?

Mario Esteban. Expert Comment 28/2018 (English version) - 7/5/2018.

Why would such a European mechanism to supervise investment be necessary at this time? The main reason is the extraordinary evolution in recent years of Chinese investment in Europe.


Gibraltar, a possible solution: diffused sovereignty and shared functions

Ignacio Molina. ARI 64/2018 (English version) - 7/5/2018.

Brexit opens a small window of opportunity to attempt to resolve the status of Gibraltar.


What to do with Iran?

Félix Arteaga. ARI 63/2018 (English version) - 4/5/2018.

The relationship of Western countries with Iran is difficult because it is a country with two faces: a reformist face, more familiar and accommodating; and another conservative face, very distant and tough.


Institutional initiatives for a solid and participatory European democracy

Susana del Río Villar. ARI 60/2018 (English version) - 27/4/2018.

There is now an important debate underway on the democratic strengthening of the EU. This debate is focused on the method for electing the European Commission President, transnational European lists and citizen conventions.


The US and North Korea: will their Presidents shake hands?

Félix Arteaga and Mario Esteban. Expert Comment 27/2018 (English version) - 26/4/2018.

The best news that we can hope for is that the summit does finally take place and that it serves as a new call to an essential negotiation process capable of achieving concrete results in terms of nuclear non-proliferation goals and East Asian stability.


The European Commission: an enabler for the European Security and Defence Union

Chantal Lavallée. ARI 59/2018 - 26/4/2018.

The European Commission has been pushing for deeper European cooperation in the security and defence sector for the past two decades despite the reluctance of the member states.


The international aid of subnational governments: the case of Spain

Aitor Pérez. WP 10/2018 (English version) - 25/4/2018.

Spanish Autonomous Communities (regions) and municipalities gave some US$220 million in development assistance in 2015. This accounts for a third of total Spanish bilateral ODA, making Spain the world’s most decentralised donor.


Turkey’s snap elections: Why in such a hurry?

Ilke Toygür. Expert Comment 25/2018 - 24/4/2018.

A clear victory for President Erdoğan might not be so sure if the economy turns bad, national pride fades away and the opposition parties begin to offer viable alternatives. Will he lose it all? We shall see.


Costa Rica: big election surprises, increased polarisation and eroding governability?

Saúl Weisleder. ARI 57/2018 (English version) - 23/4/2018.

The parliamentary elections in Costa Rica, together with the first round of the presidential elections, have opened up a new scenario with some political novelties.


Putin after Putin

Mira Milosevich-Juaristi. ARI 55/2018 (English version) - 20/4/2018.

What have been the keys to the victory of Vladimir Putin in the presidential elections held on 18 March? Does the election imply a change in the current Russian political system?


Coherence and focus on capability priorities: why EDA’s role in CARD, PESCO and EDF matters

Jorge Domecq. ARI 54/2018 - 19/4/2018.

A coherent, priority-focused and output-oriented implementation of the new tools is indispensable to boost European defence cooperation. The European Defence Agency (EDA) plays an important role in this respect.


Portugal’s economic prospects: was the political miracle responsible for the economic miracle?

Luís Teles Morais. ARI 53/2018 - 19/4/2018.

This paper looks at recent developments in the Portuguese economy from the troika period to the current recovery in the context of the political framework. Is the political miracle of the parliamentary coalition behind the later?


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