Spanish Foreign Policy

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.

Spain’s stance on Cameron’s negotiations

Salvador Llaudes and Ignacio Molina. ARI 24/2016 (English version) - 2/3/2016.

What is Spain’s stance on the negotiations for a new settlement for the UK in the EU prior to a referendum on the issue?

How to strengthen the G20: Spain’s multilateral perspective

Miguel Otero-Iglesias. ARI 21/2016 - 25/2/2016.

In the context of slow growth, destabilising capital flows and currency wars, the G20 must develop joint solutions to overcome common problems.

EU-28 WATCH No. 11 / October 2015: Spain

Salvador Llaudes. 22/12/2015.

This documment analyses the Eastern Neighbours and Russia (mostly the Ukraine crisis that has been developing since 2013) and the EU enlargement from a Spanish perspective.

General elections in Spain: from a two to a multiple-party system?

Salvador Llaudes & Miguel Otero-Iglesias. Op-Ed - 21/12/2015.

What can we expect the day after the general elections in Spain? After the 20D we will see whether Spain’s democracy is fit for multiparty, consensus-based, and perhaps even coalition governments.

Spain in uncharted territory after inconclusive general election

Wiiliam Chislett. Expert Comment 60/2015 - 21/12/2015.

The two upstart parties, the centrist Ciudadanos (‘Citizens’) and the anti-austerity Podemos (‘We Can’), broke the hegemony of the conservative Popular Party (PP) and the centre-left Socialists (PSOE), the two mainstream parties that have alternated in power since 1982, but produced a very fragmented parliament that makes the creation of a stable government fraught with difficulties.

The 2015 Spanish General Election: political parties’ international priorities

Real Instituto Elcano. (English version). December 2015.

Last summer, the Elcano Royal Institute decided to ask to the main political forces a series of questions on the major issues of foreign and European policy. The 20 or so questions that were posed seek to offer the reader a more or less complete, although not excessively detailed, overview of the main priorities in the foreign agendas of the Spanish political parties.

Spain 40 years after General Franco: change of a nation

William Chislett. ARI 66/2015 - 16/11/2015.

Spain has changed beyond recognition since General Franco died 40 years ago. The country telescoped its political, economic and social modernisation into a much shorter period than any other European country.

Investing in China: still room for growth

Sarah Owen-Vandersluis. ARI 63/2015 - 12/11/2015.

Despite recent economic turbulence in China, the investment case for Spanish companies remains strong. It is still not too late to enter the Chinese market but investors need to be clear on their value proposition and realistic about how they will execute their plans.

Keynote address by His Majesty the King of Spain. Transatlantic Conversation: Confronting Common Security Challenges

His Majesty the King of Spain. 17/9/2015.

Text of the keynote address by His Majesty the King of Spain at the conference of experts on security and transatlantic relations held on 16 September 2015 in Washington D.C adn organised by the Wilson Center and the Elcano Royal Institute.