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

Cyprus’s elusive reunification: a solution so near, yet so far

The reunification of Cyprus is one of the world’s longest running and intractable international problems. The latest talks in Geneva this month between Nicos Anastasiades, the Greek Cypriot President, and Mustafa Akinci, the Turkish Cypriot leader, after 20 months of negotiations, made significant progress. The issues of properties, territorial adjustments, security and guarantees are the most sensitive and core issues yet to be resolved and ones that will determine whether a solution can be reached and approved in referendums.

January 19, 2017

Inside Spain (20 December-16 January)

A busy international agenda.
Catalan independence: prosecutor seeks nine-year ban from public office for former Minister.
Fragmented parliament begins to adapt to a new style of politics.
Pre-crisis GDP (2008) will finally be recovered this year.
Repsol resumes oil activity in Libya.

January 18, 2017

Inside Spain (28 November-20 December)

Spaniards take a dim view of Donald Trump. Constitutional Court halts Catalan plan for independence referendum. Spain improves in PISA international education tests. IMF hails ‘impressive’ economic recovery. US leisure company plans mega US$2.2bn centre near Madrid.

December 20, 2016

Has the time come to reconsider Turkey’s EU membership?

The European Commission’s latest annual report on Turkey’s progress in meeting the conditions to become a full EU member shows that the rule of law, media freedom and human rights have deteriorated to such an extent since last July’s military coup attempt that it would be appropriate to wonder whether the two sides should consider abandoning the accession process.

November 15, 2016