Spain and the New Mediterranean: Overlapping Crises

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Publication Date December 2012
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Spain’s Mediterranean policy was struggling to adapt to the combined impacts of the debt crisis in the eurozone and the Arab Spring. Spain’s traditional and uncontested commitment to multilateralism and region-building in the Mediterranean and the 'special' relationship with Morocco — Spain’s own 3M, Mediterranean, Multilateralism, and Morocco — were not in question, but the priorities and strategy were being revised as a result of four combined drivers for change. Two of them were domestic: the victory of the Popular Party in the 2011 elections and the effects of the economic crisis. The other two were regional: a democratic opening following the Arab Spring and the proliferation of security threats in Spain’s indirect vicinity, particularly in the Sahel.

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