Spain is worried about security on its southern border due to the possible influx of Islamist fighters to West Africa's Sahel region, Spain's foreign minister told AFP in an interview yesterday (8 February).
Spain's Foreign Affairs Minister Alfonso Dastis had to deal with a diplomatic crisis from the World Economic Forum. When he sat down with EURACTIV for this interview over his lunch, Venezuela already temporally recalled his ambassador from Spain to protest for Spain's intromission in its domestic affairs, Caracas claimed, partly because of the EU sanctions. A couple of hours after the interview concluded, Nicolas Maduro's government expulsed the Spanish ambassador in Caracas.
Following developments in Eastern Europe and Catalonia, EU foreign affairs ministers pledged more resources to fight against foreign interference in Europe, in particular coming from Russian actors.
The British government published plans on Wednesday (2 August) for a bill that would give it the legal power to impose sanctions after it leaves the European Union, including making it easier to cut off terrorism funding and freeze assets.
Spain is likely to wield a veto over any Brexit deal for Gibraltar after the EU-27 backed Madrid in its draft negotiating guidelines for forthcoming divorce talks between the UK and the bloc.
The German government yesterday (28 March) endorsed Spain's position on Catalonian sovereignty and avoided making any comparisons with Scotland's own push for independence. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Spain has to cement itself among the European Union's 'big four' after the United Kingdom's departure from the bloc, the Elcano Royal Institute's lead analyst told EURACTIV's partner EFE.