The United Kingdom is Spain’s major global partner, Iliana Olivié, (Elcano Institute)

With an index value of 204.1 points, Spain ranks 12th (out of 100 countries) in the latest edition of Elcano Global Presence Index –that assesses countries according to their external projection in the economic, strategic and cultural and social spheres–. Spain has considerably increased its global presence between 1990 and 2016, due to its fast insertion in the global economic, social and political arena at the beginning of this period (through, for instance, its adherence to the EU or NATO). Spain’s external action has turned more economic throughout these years. Starting with a strong soft profile of projection, the country ranks now 12th in the economic dimension, 11th in the soft domain but falls to the 17th position in the military realm.

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