Elcano Royal Institute – 15.09.2016
The EU leaders meeting in Bratislava on 16 September face a challenging, not to say hostile, environment. Responding to people’s fundamental concerns will simultaneously help member states and enhance the value of the EU for its citizens.
Luis Simón – 20.09.2016
As Europeans struggle to get through an economic and political crisis that is shaking the foundations of European integration, security-related concerns have returned to the center stage of political debate.
Lara Lázaro and Mario Esteban – 03.10.2016
Although much remains to be done by China to set the world on a climate-bearable path, China’s efforts are significant and its ratification of the Paris Agreement ahead of the G-20 meeting is a key step for the entry into force of Kyoto’s successor.
Luis Simón – 07.10.2016
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.
Gustav Lindstrom – 13.10.2016
Missile defence in Europe is evolving and maturing, even if it this is occurring at the margins of public debate. At the same time, there are perceptions that the missile threat is growing. A more sophisticated approach towards missile defence in Europe is required.
William Chislett – 14.11.2016
The EU’s report on Turkey’s progress in meeting the conditions to become a full member is so critical that it begs the question whether the two sides should consider abandoning the accession process.
William Chislett – 21.09.2016
Spain receives 2% of the refugees it agreed to accept.
Clock starts ticking towards third election in a year.
Rajoy ups growth forecast, warns of consequences of political deadlock.
Ferrovial enters Chilean electricity sector.
William Chislett – 17.10.2016
Spain’s call for Britain to share sovereignty of Gibraltar rebuffed.
Socialists in crisis, soul searching over allowing a new Popular Party government.
Three former Popular Party treasurers in macro corruption trial.
Spain continues to overshoot budget deficit target.
William Chislett – 28.11.2016
Spain back in the international arena, Merkel applauds Rajoy.
New Popular Party (PP) minority government faces many challenges.
European Commission downgrades growth forecast, making fiscal deficit reduction more
Ferrovial wins €300m high-speed train contract in UK.
Expert Comments & Others
Karel de Gucht – 13.10.2016
Instead of singing the praises of integration in new and challenging policy fields, the EU should focus on consolidating and strengthening those policy fields in which it does best, on the daily problems of its citizens, and delivering tangible results.
Gonzalo Escribano – 19.10.2016
Low oil prices seem to have slightly shifted Algerian political economy balances, making economic (and energy) reform more attractive. Both the EU and the US should explore this window of opportunity.
William Chislett – 26.10.2016
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.
Salvador Llaudes – 11.11.2016
In the likely case that the Supreme Court confirms the decision of the British justice, a rebellion of deputies against the Brexit is not expected.
Ulrich Speck – 11.11.2016
To alienate the next US President is unwise, as it will harm European interests. Instead, Europe must try to influence Trump’s policies and his decision-making by engaging with him. And it must start to work on a plan B.
Richard Higgot – 14.11.2016
The future of the global trade regime depends on educating Trump and his supporters that free trade is an opportunity, not a risk, and that the WTO is still the best place to secure the norms of an open liberal trade system.
Miguel Otero-Iglesias – 21.11.2016
Despite recent tensions, the Euro has created deep ties that go beyond economic cooperation and are integral to European identity.
Salvador Llaudes – 07.12.2016
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?
Andrés Ortega – 20.09.2016
The general discourse of political leaders can carry weight. But as Angela Merkel is experiencing, the discourses of courage are no guarantee of success.
Andrés Ortega – 27.09.2016
English is deeply rooted in the institutions of the EU and this is not about to change, whether Brexit finally comes to pass or not.
Paul Isbell – 27.09.2016
The polls had been tightening all through the month leading up to last night’s US Presidential Election Debate at Hofstra University in New York between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the respective Democratic and Republican Party nominees.
Paul Isbell – 03.10.2016
A week after the first presidential debate in the US, and just over a month before the election on November 8th, the Clinton-Trump election remains tight.
Andrés Ortega – 04.10.2016
The next few months could be decisive for the electoral scenarios in Europe. There will be elections in Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, France and Germany.
Alexander Görlach – 05.10.2016
German’s fear is exploited by a new right wing. The Alternative for Germany and the PEGIDA movement march against refugees and Islam.
Paul Isbell – 10.10.2016
As a result of Trump’s stumblings in both the social and foreign policy terrains, a number of high level Republican leaders have recently abandoned him.
Andrés Ortega – 11.10.2016
The decline of the middle classes in the west could be behind the growth of populism in a large number of societies, but what is the truth of the matter?
Nikole Hyndman – 13.10.2016
Justin Trudeau shows great promise as a leader, but with Trudeau’s incessant good press, critical voices are not being heard.
Andrés Ortega – 18.10.2016
After six years, the situation in Syria has become a world war on a small, concentrated scale, although with terrible consequences for its inhabitants.
Paul Isbell – 20.10.2016
Hillary Clinton appears to have pulled out of the final turn of the long campaign well before, and at a faster rate than Donald Trump.
Andrés Ortega – 25.10.2016
Some people believe that Europe is undergoing a process of Balkanisation, although the continent’s regionalisation might in fact be something positive.
Andrés Ortega – 02.11.2016
Recently, both protectionist voices and measures have been on the increase. Even investments are not immune to the new protectionism.
Andrés Ortega – 08.11.2016
Although Russia knows that it is needed to resolve many global problems, the country has shrunk in comparison with the US and China.
Paul Isbell – 08.11.2016
The election contest remains tight and still potentially volatile. In any case, a deep challenge of national unity will remain, regardless of who wins.
Andrés Ortega – 15.11.2016
The election of Donald Trump as US President, hard on the heels of the Brexit referendum, has forced Europe to confront another mirror.
Iliana Olivié – 21.11.2016
Globalization has been a major issue in two of the most important recent campaigns in Western countries: the Brexit referendum and the US Elections.
Andrés Ortega – 22.11.2016
The US presidential elections have shown that democracy has changed, and the means of obtaining victory, too.
Andrés Ortega – 29.11.2016
Donald Trump may well be the President of a certain US withdrawal and bilateralisation. Bilateralism may become his trademark.
Andrés Ortega – 07.12.2016
It would be a mistake to say that Italy has voted against Europe, even though the decision may have European consequences.