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

Turkey’s choice: an election that might be too close to call

Ilke Toygür. Expert Comment 34/2018 - 21/6/2018.

The upcoming elections are not only about who is to govern the country but also about how it will be governed. With a historic turning point just ahead, the dynamics of Turkish society are being reflected in the electoral contest.


Italian and Spanish approaches to external migration management in the Sahel: venues for cooperation and coherence

Carmen González Enríquez, Patrícia Lisa, Asli Selin Okyay and Anja Palm. WP 13/2018 - 20/6/2018.

Italy and Spain face similar challenges in managing migration originating from and transiting through Africa. This paper provides a broad view of the evolution of their migration policies with the aim of encouraging an improved and broadened dialogue between the two countries.


Spain and the prospect of Brexit

Salvador Llaudes, Ignacio Molina, Miguel Otero Iglesias and Federico Steinberg. Elcano Policy Paper 3/2018 - 15/6/2018.

The decision of the British people to leave the EU has consequences not only for the UK but also for the remaining 27 EU member states, and more particularly for Spain.


G7 in Canada: Trump’s bravado annoys Europe

Miguel Otero-Iglesias. Expert Comment 32/2018.

The G7 meeting has been one of the most disastrous in years.  The debate in Europe will continue to be whether Trump is just a blip, with the White House returning to the good old Western alliance once he departs, or whether there has been a permanent and structural shift in US foreign policy.


Turkey in and out of NATO? An instance of a turbulent alliance with Western institutions

Yaprak Gürsoy and Ilke Toygür. ARI 73/2018 - 11/6/2018.

Turkey’s links with its Western allies have steadily deteriorated over the past few years. There have been major developments over the past decade that need to be looked at in order to explain the current estrangement with NATO.


A Brazilian perspective on the challenges facing the EU and Latin American cooperation agenda

Carlos R. S. Milani. ARI 72/2018 - 11/6/2018.

The construction of a cooperation agenda between the EU and South America must take into account the challenges Latin American countries need to overcome to correct their democratic deficits and the negative social and political effects of their economic development models.


Jamā’at Nuṣrat al-Islām wa-l-Muslimīn: a propaganda analysis of al-Qaeda’s project for the Sahel

Sergio Altuna Galán. ARI 70/2018 - 1/6/2018.

The lessons that al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has learnt after years of activity in the Sahel have crystallised in the creation of JNIM. This paper analyses its propaganda to shed light on this new alliance and its relationship with the regional organisational structure.


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.


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