Thursday, July 7

A debate on the relations of Spain and Europe with the countries of North Africa and the Middle East

The political and economic collapse of Lebanon and France’s attempt to find a solution to that crisis is one of many examples of how instability in the Mediterranean is an ever-present threat and of the responses that European governments can provide, but not always. successfully. Countries such as France, Spain or Italy have tried to make the Mediterranean axis serve as a counterweight to the usual priorities of the EU, highly conditioned by the weight of Germany and relations with Russia. To establish a policy of stable relations, it is essential to know the situation of the countries of North Africa and the Middle East and analyze what role Spain can play in what is usually defined as a “bridge” between these areas and the countries of the EU. .

The Alternatives Foundation celebrates this Friday a debate to present the results of a document prepared by Itxaso Domínguez de Olazábal and Alfonso Casani entitled ‘Prospective Approach to the Southern Neighborhood of Spain and the European Union. Objectives 2030-2050 ‘. It will be moderated by Vicente Palacio, director of Foreign Policy of the foundation. will broadcast the debate on Friday, June 25 at 11.00.

In addition to Domínguez de Olázabal, coordinator of the Middle East and North Africa of the foundation, and Casani, professor of Political Science at the Complutense University of Madrid, Irene Fernández-Molina, professor of International Relations at the University of Exeter; Ricard González, journalist specialized in the Middle East and North Africa; and Isidro González, Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean.

The document presents two possible scenarios for the next decades. An optimistic one in which it is possible to foresee the appeasement of social conflicts thanks to the improvement of governance in each country. The other more pessimistic is the one that is usually associated with the countries of the area, with the worsening of political and economic conflicts, the spread of authoritarian practices in governments and the increase in social inequality.