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José Ignacio Torreblanca

Head, ECFR Madrid
Senior Policy Fellow

Languages: Spanish, English
Areas of Expertise: Populism and euroscepticism in Europe; Common Foreign Security and Defence Policy; EU domestic politics; institutional reforms

José Ignacio Torreblanca is a senior policy fellow and head of the Madrid office of the European Council on Foreign Relations, a position he has held since the launch of ECFR across Europe in 2007. His topics of focus include populism and euroscepticism in Europe, common foreign security and defence policy, and EU domestic politics and institutional reforms

Torreblanca was previously editorial director of the Spanish daily El Pais. His list of publications, articles, multimedia content and press interviews with ECFR is available below.

Latest from José Ignacio Torreblanca

  • Farewell, presidencies

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 29 June, 2010

    Spain's EU presidency fell far short of expectations, but it was handed a presidency without precedent. One thing is certain: a foreign relations system based on holding summits without content has no future at all.

    Rain prayer

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 23 June, 2010

    The common position on Cuba is so anomalous and exceptional that, rather than providing an example of European sponsorship of human rights, what it exemplifies are glaring contradictions in European policy.

    A glass half full

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 11 June, 2010

    The Western Balkans are taking steps towards reconciliation, but there is still a long way to go. At the current rate of progress the chances of these countries joining the EU by 2020, as some hope, are slim. Is the glass half full, half empty - or simply too big for Balkan…

    Foreign policy needs a rethink above and beyond Europe

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 9 June, 2010

    At the end of June Spain reaches the end of its rotating presidency of the EU. Spain's economic woes and the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty have made it a difficult presidency to handle. But there's more at stake: the decreasing influence of the EU on the international…

    Russia is shifting

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 1 June, 2010

    The EU-Russia summit in Rostov is an opportunity for the new EU to show it can act effectively on the international stage. But only if it first tries to understand what Russia's motives are and where it can help.

    Hardware & software

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 25 May, 2010

    Spain seriously needs to review its priorities in public expenditure, and its attitudes toward education. Otherwise it will go on being that country which a former German foreign minister called "a beautiful country, full of four lane divided highways with no cars on them."

    Do an Obama

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 18 May, 2010

    The present type of EU summit with international actors ought to change, otherwise we will be perpetuating a type of encounter that is closer to circus than to diplomacy, and where it is hard to tell who are the lions and who are the tamers.

    Europe without Europeans

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 11 May, 2010

    Of all the problems facing Europe, one seems very difficult to solve: demographic forecasts, added to political ones, point to a Europe without Europeans.

    Holes in the cheese

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 4 May, 2010

    Nuclear crises require a lot of unlikely events to occur at once, like all the holes in slices of Gruy?re cheese lining up. But as the nuclear ambitions of the Iranian president remind us, that is not a reason to ignore the perils of atomic weapons.


    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 28 April, 2010

    Volcanoes, Greek tragedy and government collapses. Divine intervention? Not entirely - greed and stupidity play a big part.

    Despatches from a presidency in limbo

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 20 April, 2010

    Summit after summit. Is the Spanish Presidency of the European Union running out of legs?


    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 7 April, 2010

    Sorry, but protestants do not perform better than catholics and EU laws do not represent 80% of national legislation. It's time to have another look at some deep-rooted prejudices.

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