Inside Spain (20 June-17 July)

King Felipe in state visit to UK calls for new ‘arrangements’ over Gibraltar.
Catalan push for independence moves towards showdown with central government.
Population rises for first time since 2011 due to migration.
Parliament ratifies EU-Canada free-trade deal after Socialists abstain.
State-controlled lender Bankia takes over BMN.

July 20, 2017

Global Spain: the country’s economic, military and soft presence

Almost 500 years since Juan Sebastián Elcano completed the first circumnavigation of the world and a vast empire subsequently came into being, Spain has re-built a substantial but very different global presence.

June 30, 2017

Inside Spain (16 May-20 June)

Spain holds firm in Elcano Global Presence Index.
Catalonia sets October date for illegal referendum.
Socialist Pedro Sánchez returns from the wilderness to win back the party’s leadership.
‘Failing’ Banco Popular sold to Santander for €1.
Tubacex wins €550 million oil pipeline contract with Iran.

June 20, 2017

Global Spain

Only now is Spain recovering its pre-crisis (2008) GDP level. Its Great Recession took a heavy toll, particularly in terms of unemployment, but one area – internationalisation– has hardly been affected. The 2016 Elcano Global Presence Index, which measures the results of internationalisation, ranks Spain 12th out of 100 countries with a score of 204.1. Spain has held this position since 2014 (between 1995 and 2013 it was in 11th place). The United States has the highest global presence followed by China.

June 2, 2017

Inside Spain (18 April-16 May)

Spain aims to use Brexit to change Gibraltar’s ‘unfair’ economic model.
Popular Party rocked by yet more corruption scandals.
Government finally close to gaining support for 2017 budget.
Population slips for fifth consecutive year.
US Cordish resubmits mega casino and hotel project for Madrid.

May 17, 2017

Spain finally bounces back – after nine years

At some point before the summer Spain will regain its pre-crisis (2008) GDP level. This will doubtless be the cause of some celebration in the conservative Popular Party (PP) government, which for the last six years has been getting to grips with the problems.

April 29, 2017

Inside Spain (21 March-18 April)

Spain aims for a ‘soft’ Brexit, but Gibraltar could be a stumbling block.
Basque separatist terrorist group ETA fulfils disarmament promise.
Washington distances itself from Catalan independence movement.
Fiscal deficit falls within EU targets for first time since 2008.
Madrid rejects mega entertainment complex.

April 18, 2017

Why Spain would like a ‘soft’ Brexit for the UK

The Spain-UK relation has become increasingly significant in terms of trade, direct investment, tourism, fisheries and the number of Britons living in Spain, by far the largest group of British expats in any European country. As a result, Spain has good reasons for wanting the best possible post-Brexit relationship between Britain and the EU.

March 31, 2017

Spain’s merchandise exports notch up yet another record

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.

February 21, 2017

Inside Spain (16 January-20 February)

Rajoy offers to be Trump’s interlocutor in Europe and Latin America.
King’s brother-in-law convicted for fraud and influence peddling.
Thousands protest as former Catalan Premier stands trial.
Merchandise exports notch up yet another record.
Spain drops to 41st position in Transparency International’s Corruption Index.

February 21, 2017