In an increasingly troubled time for the European Union, Sir Menzies Campbell, Stuart Wheeler, Mark Leonard, Prof Maurice Fraser, Dr Sara Hagemann and John Peet discuss the upcoming European parliamentary elections, and how their outcome will affect the EU and Britain's role in it.
Spain votes on 20th November, in the jaws of the two great issues facing Europe: the financial crisis and the Arab Spring. The outcome of the election will affect whether Spain plays a crucial role in helping Europe deal with both crises, heal divisions between northern and southern Europe, and bring stability and reform to the EU’s southern neighbourhood.
A new ECFR essay by José Ignacio Torreblanca and Mark Leonard – ‘Spain after the election: the “Germany of the south”?’ – sets out how a new Spanish government under Mariano Rajoy can come up with a credible plan to deal with Spain’s problems that also helps the rest of Europe.
“By helping Spain, a new Spanish government could help Europe deal with the financial crisis and bring stability and reform to North Africa. Spain is willing to become the “Germany of the South”, but it needs help from the rest of Europe.” José Ignacio Torreblanca
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