• Stronger with Allies: Spanish and US Navies Doing More Together

    The Álvaro de Bazán-class Aegis frigate SPS Méndez Núñez (F-104) steaming alongside one of our most lethal and capable naval assets, USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), is a sight to behold. For a better part of the past year, Méndez Núñez and its crew, led by Capt. Antonio Gonzalez del Tanago de la Lastra, have integrated into the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group, and will continue to operate as one of Lincoln’s escorts during its around-the-world deployment, which is currently underway. This is a powerful display of how integrated the United States is with its NATO allies, including la Armada Española, the Spanish Navy.
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  • Whatever the Outcome of Elections in Spain, the Catalans Lose

    Snap elections are likely in Spain after Catalan independence parties withdrew their support from Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez’s government on February 13. They backed the social democrat in June in order to unseat a right-wing government that had refused any concessions to the independence movement, but Sánchez was unwilling to meet the Catalans’ ultimate demand: a legal referendum on secession from Spain.

    Toppling Sánchez may turn out to be a costly mistake.

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  • Rising Populism and the Future of Europe

    On Thursday, December 13th, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business and Economics Program and the Embassy of Spain co-hosted an event on rising populism in Europe, celebrating the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Spain’s pluralistic constitution.

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  • Right-Wing Party Gains Ground in Spain

    For much of the past decade, Spain has been an exception to the Europe-wide electoral rise of populist right-wing parties. The December 2 regional election in Andalusia ended the Spanish anomaly. As the results poured in, heads turned in Europe as Vox, a populist right-wing party, won 11 percent of the vote and twelve seats in the Andalusian parliament. Most polls in the lead-up to the vote had the party around the 5 percent mark.

    Populism is nothing new in Spanish politics. In recent years, left-wing Podemos has successfully employed a brand of populism that appealed to large portions of the electorate in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The conservative platform, on the other hand, was dominated in the 2008 and 2011 elections by the center-right People’s Party (PP).

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  • EU-Friendly Government in Spain Likely After Rajoy’s Ouster

    French President Emmanuel Macron could soon find an ally in Madrid. Just as Italy installs a government that opposes his proposals for closer integration within the European Union (EU), the most pro-European party in Spain could be on the verge of leading the next government.

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  • Turmoil in Euro Area Spreads as Rajoy’s Government is Ousted in Spain

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government was ousted in a no-confidence vote on June 1, sharpening a crisis within the European Union (EU) which is already dealing with the political uncertainty in Italy.

    Rajoy’s startling ouster marked the first time Spain’s leader has been toppled in such a way since the country transitioned to a democracy in 1978. Pedro Sánchez, the leader of the main opposition Socialist Party (PSOE), will succeed Rajoy and is expected to call early elections.

    While Southern Europe is gripped by a political crisis, the situation in Spain and Italy is different.

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  • Oosterveld Quoted in Newsweek on Ousting of Spain's Prime Minister Amid Corruption Scandal

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  • Basque Terrorist Group ETA Disbands, Ending Decades of Violence

    One of Europe’s longest terrorist campaigns is finally over.

    The dissolution of Basque separatist group ETA puts an end to the use of deadly violence for political goals in Spain, namely, establishing an independent nationalist state in the country’s Basque region.

    Like the Good Friday Agreement that sealed the peace process in Northern Ireland in the 1990s, the end of ETA contributes to the long-term decline of violent nationalist movements in Western Europe.  

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  • De Alba Quoted in El Mundo on the Diplomatic Rift between Venezuela and Spain

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  • Parties Supporting Independence Win Slim Majority, But Catalonia’s Complex Stalemate Continues

    The outcome of yesterday’s regional elections in Catalonia reflects the electorate’s deep polarization on the issue of regional independence.

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