Spanish Foreign Policy

Spain’s merchandise exports notch up yet another record

William Chislett. Expert Comment 8/2017 - 21/02/2017.

Spain’s exports of goods rose in 2016 for the seventh year running, defying expectations that they would tail off as the economy recovers and domestic consumption picks up.

Spain and Israel: are they rivals or complementary?

Alfred Tovias. ARI 91/2016 - 22/12/2016.

Spain and Israel –both OECD member countries– have been developing over the past three decades in totally different directions. Could it be that the two countries are ignoring each other and missing out on potential complementarities?

Eight recommendations for the II National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

María Solanas Cardín. ARI 89/2016 (English version) - 20/12/2016.

The II National Action Plan for the implementation of Resolution 1325, currently being prepared by the Spanish Government, should build on lessons learnt and include specific measures and best practices if it aims to achieve any advancement in the women, peace and security agenda.

Spain: A new opportunity to play a more central role in the EU

Salvador Llaudes. 7/12/2016.

Spain finally has a government. How will the country now play its cards in the international arena, especially in the EU post-Brexit? And will the new role of the Parliament be useful for Spanish foreign policy?

The challenges facing the ‘new’ Spain

William Chislett. WP 14/2016 - 3/11/2016.

The new minority Popular Party government faces a bumpy ride as it gets to grips with a series of problems that will significantly shape Spain’s economic and political future.

Spain finally has a new government: what lies ahead?

William Chislett. Expert Comment 41/2016 - 25/10/2016.

Spain’s minority Popular Party (PP) government, which will be voted in by parliament before the end of October after a 10-month limbo period following inconclusive elections last December and June, has a lot on its plate.

Beyond Brexit: the future of the Spanish-British relationship

Luis Simón. ARI 71/2016 (English version) - 7/10/2016.

All the media noise about the possible implications of an eventual British exit from the EU (Brexit) should not stand in the way of a much-needed reassessment of the strategic potential offered by stronger bilateral ties between Spain and the UK.

Selecting the next UN Secretary-General: a shared responsibility

Jessica Almqvist. ARI 62/2016 - 26/7/2016.

The upcoming election of a new Secretary-General can be a potential turning point for the UN in its efforts to achieve a more transparent, inclusive and gender-balanced administration of its affairs.

Limited but non negligible consequences of Cameron’s agreement for Spain

Salvador Llaudes. Op-ed - 17/3/2016.

Though undesirable for a country so firmly pro-European, the effects of the UK-EU deal do not have to be particularly dramatic for Spain, especially if they do not entail a cascade of petitions to obtain a singular status from other countries.

Spain moves towards fresh elections to break deadlock

William Chislett. Expert Comment 9/2016 - 7/3/2016.

Spain took a step toward fresh elections when Pedro Sánchez, the Socialist Party (PSOE) leader, twice failed to secure sufficient backing in Parliament to become Prime Minister.