Spain’s golden age: global power

My review of Robert Goodwin’s book Spain: The Centre of the World 1519-1682 (Bloomsbury) published in The Economist.

July 23, 2015

Inside Spain (15 June-20 July)

Mas agrees joint ticket for early election, support for Catalan independence wanes.
King Felipe improves the monarchy’s standing in his first year.
Government upgrades growth yet again, brings forward income tax cuts.
Qatari sheikh acquires 10% of El Corte Inglés for €1bn.

July 22, 2015

The international position of Spanish companies: on the rise

Spanish companies stepped up their direct investment abroad in 2014, but it was still far from the pre-crisis annual average between 2005 and 2007.

July 6, 2015

This country’s companies are building your roads

Interview with CNBC on the success of Spain’s infrastructure companies abroad.

June 23, 2015

Inside Spain (19 May-15 June)

US force for Africa at Morón air base to become permanent.
Brussels proposes mandatory quota of 4,300 asylum seekers.
Anti-establishment parties make big gains in municipal and regional elections.
IMF and OECD confirm accelerating upturn.

June 16, 2015

Turkey’s elections: AKP loses absolute majority, thwarts Erdogan’s bid for executive presidency

Turkey’s Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its absolute parliamentary majority for the first time since sweeping to power in 2002, and with it Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ambition for greater power by changing the constitution to become an executive president.

June 8, 2015

The gap between Spain’s image and the country’s reality

Published in the magazine of the Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles (IEB), Madrid.

June 3, 2015

Can Podemos win Spain’s next general election?

My talk at the Cañada Blanche Centre, London School of Economics.

May 27, 2015

Anti-establishment parties make big gains in Spain’s elections

Spain’s two-party system is not dead, as predicted, but it took a beating in municipal and regional elections where the upstart parties, the leftist anti-austerity Podemos and the centrist market-friendly Ciudadanos, made big inroads into the ruling conservative Popular Party (PP) and the Socialists (PSOE), which between them have dominated political life for more than 30 years.

May 25, 2015

Inside Spain (20 April-19 May)

Spain stays in 11th position in Elcano’s Global Presence Index.
Podemos ideologue quits frontline politics, party moves towards the centre as support wanes.
Higher growth, stronger job creation and balanced budget in 2015-18.
Spain leads the world in WEF’s tourism competiveness ranking.
Volkswagen to invest €4.2bn in its Spanish plants.

May 20, 2015