The Mediterranean Policy Of Spain And The European Union

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Political Science
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Topics include economic and political policy toward Mediterranean countries outside of the EU, the EU as a security actor in the Mediterranean, the Barcelona Process and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP), Spanish policy interests and how these relate to the policies of the EU, and the EU enlargement in the Mediterranean, its benefits and consequences; the potential of a free trade zone.

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Lectures by the instructor, supported with bibliographical and other didactic materials, followed by discussion with the students.

Required work and form of assessment: 

Student participation (15%); presentation in class (15%); 10-15 page term paper (20%); mid-term exam (25%); final exam (25%).

  1. The countries on the Eastern and Southern shores of the Mediterranean: population, natural resources, economic situation, political evolution, prospects. Their importance for Spain and the rest of the European Union as commercial partners, energy providers and source of immigration.
  2. Spain and its Mediterranean neighbours. A brief appraisal of the recent past: Colonial history and decolonisation. Spain’s interests in the Maghreb. Encouraging development through the AECI and the ICMAMPD. The Averroes Committee: A model for political dialogue?
  3. The European Union (EU): Establishment, goals, main institutions. The enlargements; two conflictive candidates: Spain and Cyprus. The difficulties of adopting a common foreign policy.
  4. The Mediterranean policy of the EU: Objectives and priorities. The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EMP). The 12 Mediterranean partners and the case of Libya. The bilateral and regional dimensions. Financing the EMP: The MEDA Program and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
  5. Reviving the Barcelona Process: The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). The future European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The case of candidates for EU membership.
  6. The EU as a security actor in the Mediterranean. The relationship with NATO: partnership or rivalry? The role of the EU in the Middle East Peace Process: global player or global payer?
  7. Granada as a centre for Euro-Mediterranean cultural relations: The Euro-Arab Foundation and the EAMS. Activity: Visit to the centres.