Spain's heir

A review of ‘Juan Carlos: A People’s King’, by Paul Preston (2004, Harper Collins).

Spanish membership of the European Union revisited

South European Society and Politics, Vol. 8, 1&2, Winter 2003, (pp. 147-168).

The Spanish Debate on the Future of the European Union

After successfully completing both the ‘listening’ and ‘study’ phases of its work, in January 2003 the European Convention will finally embark on the crucial ‘decision’ phase. The Christmas break thus provides an excellent opportunity to sit back and examine the development of Spanish attitudes towards the Convention’s work thus far.

ETA Loses its Voice

The World Today, November 2002, (pp. 26-27).  

The Seville Council: uninspiring yet useful?

The Seville Council has had a somewhat mixed reception. True to form, The Economist derided it as “a non-event”, and described it as being “among the sleepiest” EU summits in living memory. Other observers, however, claimed genuine progress had been made in the three areas which dominated the Seville agenda, namely immigration, enlargement, and institutional reform.

The Aznar government and the debate on the future of the European Union

ARI of Elcano Royal Institute, June 2002,  nº 13/2002

Spanish membership of the European Union revisited

Working Paper of the Elcano Royal Institute, June 2002, nº 2/2002.

Fifteen years on: Spanish Membership of the European Union revisited

This paper attempts to describe and account for the major changes undergone by Spain as an EU player since her accession in 1986.

Juan Carlos of Spain. Self-made monarch

King Juan Carlos of Spain is currently one of the world’s most popular and respected statesmen. This largely reflects the interest and admiration he has aroused both at home and abroad on account of his decisive contribution to the establishment and consolidation of democracy in Spain following the death of General Franco in November 1975. While seeking to determine the precise nature of his role in this process, widely publicised as a result of his part in aborting the military coup of February 1981, this political life of Juan Carlos also aims to shed new light on lesser-known episodes of his life, including his childhood and adolescence, the process leading to his proclamation as Franco’s successor in 1969 and his performance as Prince of Spain (1969-75). Additionally, it deals in detail with the King’s current role as constitutional monarch, his efforts to hold the newly created semi-federal Spanish state together, and his hitherto ignored contribution to foreign policy.

International aspects of democratization: the case of Spain

Laurence Whitehead (edit.), The international dimensions of democratization. Europe and the Americas, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1996. 2001, (pp. 285-314).

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