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Spain could become more active in foreign relations

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Spain’s foreign policy.


Since centre-right Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s coming to power in 2011, foreign relations have played a secondary role in Spanish politics. The government has focused on strengthening its economic position within the EU, generally supporting Germany’s views. Its political and economic influence in other parts of the world such as Latin America has diminished significantly.


  • Spain’s favourable economic prospects and high GDP growth rates may help the country improve its position within the EU.
  • Passing the 2017 budget -- with the help of smaller parties -- later this year will boost the minority government’s credibility.
  • Rajoy is benefiting from the Socialist Party’s internal divisions.
  • The Ibero-American summits could become more relevant if Trump imposes more restrictive trade policies.

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