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

Spain’s continuing export boom

William Chislett. Expert Comment 16/2018 - 21/2/2018.

Spain’s exporting prowess continued in 2017 when sales of goods abroad increased for the eighth straight year and notched up a new record of €277.1 billion, close to one-quarter of GDP.


Europe in the face of a new privileged strategic scenario: the Indo-Pacific region

Mario Esteban. Expert Comment 15/2018 - 20/2/2018.

European diplomacy must support regional initiatives that are inclusive, favour cooperation and are governed by international norms and standards. The Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy could be an excellent platform for such a purpose as long as it is not implemented merely as an instrument to contain China


Trump, Europe and one year into the US Presidency

Salvador Llaudes. Expert Comment 14/2018 (English version) - 19/2/2018.

If any benefit has come from Trump being in the White House it has been a new sense of urgency among Europeans, a realisation that Europe cannot continue with business as usual.


The EU’s external projection: some interpretations based on the Elcano Global Presence Index

Iliana Olivié and Manuel Gracia. ARI 21/2018 - 16/2/2018.

If the EU were a single country, its global presence would be almost as large as that of the US.


Donald Trump's Twitter account: a brief content analysis

Juan Antonio Sánchez-Giménez and Evgueni Tchubykalo. ARI 20/2018 - 15/2/2018.

Donald Trump has become the first US President to actively use his personal Twitter channel regardless of any US public diplomacy strategy, with a direct impact on the public policies defined by the US government and the White House.


Latin America, the international community and Venezuela

Carlos Malamud. Expert Comment 13/2018 (English version) - 13/2/2018.

The clamour for an answer to the crisis in Venezuela will be even more intense in 2018 as the economic situation worsens (hyperinflation, shortages and growing debt) and the humanitarian drama deteriorates by the minute.


NATO and the south: opportunities for coherence and integration

Jordan Becker. ARI 18/2018 - 13/2/2018.

The evolving security environment to Europe’s South poses important challenges to NATO, demanding coherence between projecting stability and collective defence.


Chinese investment in Spain: open for business, but not at any price

Mario Esteban and Miguel Otero-Iglesias. ARI 14/2018 - 6/2/2018.

Reluctance to Chinese investments in Spain may grow if the its volume increases significantly and begins to penetrate more “strategic” or high-tech sectors.


Portugal and Ibero-America: reflections on the past, present and future

Bernardo Ribeiro da Cunha. Expert Comment 11/2018 (English version) - 6/2/2018.

The event organised by the Real Institute Elcano and IPRI has generated a rich exchange of ideas, achieving the objective of deepening the perspective of both countries on the past, present and future of the bilateral relationship.


Brexit: yielding step by step to ‘sufficient progress’... for now

Salvador Llaudes. Expert Comment 10/2018 (English version) - 5/2/2018.

The recent European Council of 15 December 2017 finally agreed to proceed to the second phase of the negotiations between the UK and the EU. What we have witnessed to date is that the British have had to accept, slowly but inevitably, all of the stipulations of their EU counterparts.


The elections in Chile and Honduras and regional political trends in 2018

Carlos Malamud and Rogelio Núñez. ARI 13/2018 (English version) - 2/2/2018.

The elections in Chile and Honduras should confirm whether or not there is a new regional political trend (‘a turn to the centre-right’). Also present will be the trend towards re-election, the appearance of new forces, along with violence and corruption as central campaign themes.


A year of Trump and trade policy

Federico Steinberg. Expert Comment 9/2018 (English version) - 1/2/2018.

The first year of Trump has been less damaging to the multilateral trade system than was originally feared, but has also allowed us to see that the US Administration maintains a clear interest in isolating itself increasingly from the rest of the world.


Year one of Trump’s energy policy

Gonzalo Escribano. Expert Comment 8/2018 (English version) - 30/1/2018.

At a certain point, the Trump Administration will need to decide whether to honour campaign promises or to follow the dynamics of business and the market, as well as those of the domestic (and multilateral) institutions which shape the realities facing US energy policy.


Europe-Japan cooperation for a rules-based international liberal order

Mario Esteban & Luis Simon. ARI 10/2018 - 25/1/2018.

Despite its shortcomings, the international liberal order is worth saving. Therefore, international actors committed to that system, such as the EU and Japan, should cooperate in its revitalisation.


The weaknesses of Spanish emigration

Carmen González Enríquez and José Pablo Martínez Romera. ARI 7/2018 - 24/1/2018.

The Spaniards who have emigrated to other countries since the economic crisis have done so under worse conditions than other recent emigrants from the rest of Southern Europe.


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