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Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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Telefonica reaches agreement to cut about 2,700 jobs in Spain (Reuters)

Spain’s Telefonica (TEF.MC) has reached an agreement with labour unions to cut some 15% of its domestic workforcevia voluntary redundancies in a plan estimated to cost it 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) this year, the telecoms group said on Tuesday. Telefonica reaches agreement to cut about 2,700 jobs in Spain | Reuters

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Spain’s Defence Ministry denies interest in F-35 (Sebastian Sprenger, Defense News)

Spain has no interest in the American F-35 fighter jet and is solely committed to the Future Combat Air System that it is pursuing with France and Germany, a defense spokeswoman told Reuters. The statement comes after Spanish officials at a defense exhibition in Madrid last week said the Lockheed Martin-made plane was a least […]

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5 questions with Airbus Spain’s FCAS lead (Vivienne Machi, Defense News)

In 2019, Spain signed onto the Franco-German Future Combat Air System program to develop a fighter jet, weapons and drones by 2040. Airbus is playing a lead role in the developing phase, and its Spanish subsidiary is the prime contractor for the stealth technology pillar as well as Madrid’s main industry partner on the next-gen fighter. Defense […]

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Space sector exec: Spain must stand out among its neighbors in nascent domain (Vivienne Machi, Defense News)

Spain requires a national strategy to grow and nurture its military space-industrial potential, and stand out as a European leader in the nascent domain, according to a small satellite company leader. The nation needs to increase its investment rates to match those of its neighbors, said Satlantis CEO Juan Tomás Hernani during a defense and […]

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Recalibrating U.S. Counterterrorism: Lessons Learned From Spain (Kim Cragin, Michael Bartlett, Will Crass, Lawfare)

As the United States seeks to avoid overreliance on military forces to fight terrorism abroad, law enforcement agencies—international and domestic—will play an even more important role. America can learn much from its allies in this regard. Many U.S. allies, such as the United Kingdom and France, have experienced both foreign and domestic terrorist threats to […]

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Spain/Zapatistas – Zapatistas ‘invade’ Madrid to mark Spanish conquest anniversary (Al Jazeera)

A paper boat is displayed during a cultural event by artists and activists, as well-wishes for the delegation of the National Liberation Zapatista Army travelling on a boat called ‘La Montana’ to Europe, in Mexico City, Mexico, May 2, 2021 [File: Carlos Jasso/Reuters] Marta Vidal In the summer of 1521, Spanish conquistadors led by Hernan […]

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Spain – The climate and energy transition component of the Spanish National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Enrique Feás, Federico Steinberg, Elcano Royal Institute)

The authors analyse the aspects of Spain’s National Recovery Plan related to sustainability and ‘green’ investments. The climate and energy transition component of the Spanish National Recovery and Resilience Plan – Elcano (realinstitutoelcano.org)

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Spain – Spain joins campaign to phase out coal by 2030 (Euractiv with Reuters)

Spain on Wednesday (30 June) joined an international campaign to set a date for closing all coal plants by 2030, signing up to a target it looks well-placed to beat by a wide margin. Spain joins campaign to phase out coal by 2030 – EURACTIV.com

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Spain/Catalonia – Spanish PM: Socialists will ‘never’ endorse Catalonia independence vote (EuroEFE, Euractiv)

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has said that there will not be an independence referendum in Catalonia because the Socialist Party (PSOE) he leads “will never ever accept it.” EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports. Spanish PM: Socialists will ‘never’ endorse Catalonia independence vote – EURACTIV.com

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Spain – PM Sanchez to meet Catalan regional president, open dialogue (Euractiv)

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is set to meet Catalonia’s regional president and pro-independence leader Pere Aragonès in a bid to open a new era of political dialogue and solve the crisis between Madrid and the local government, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports. PM Sanchez to meet Catalan regional president, open dialogue – EURACTIV.com

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Italy/Spain/France/Europe/Mediterranean – Serve un patto Roma-Madrid-Parigi per rafforzare l’Ue nel Mediterraneo (Dario Cristiani, Formiche)

Il 2021 può essere considerato l’anno del ritorno della Spagna nel mondo: a inizio anno, Madrid ha lanciato un piano d’azione quadriennale, Estrategia de Acción Exterior 2021 – 2024, per ravvivare la propria politica estera ed avere un’azione esterna più incisiva ed efficace dopo anni in cui le principali preoccupazioni erano rivolte verso l’interno: parare i colpi […]