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El País - Spain | 15/11/2010

Laws won't give the Spanish jobs

The September reform of the Spanish labour market is perceived as not going far enough and therefore in need of improvement. But more laws won't solve the problem, writes Nicolás Sartorius in the left-liberal daily El País: "I fear we will suffer a disappointment because the cause of our problems lies not in the labour market, which is always the consequence rather than the cause, but in our system of production. The proof is that with this very same labour market we have been close to full employment and that even today there are autonomous regions with the same rate of unemployment as the rest of Europe. The problem is that we have an economic model that is deficient in important aspects and which has further suffered as a result of the chaos in the construction sector. ... It will take more than just a law to address this problem. It will take longer and will affect above all the type of businesses we have, 95 percent of which are small and medium-sized."

El País - Spain | 02/04/2008

Spanish foreign policy

Nicolas Sartorius, director of the Spanish foreign policy observatory (OPEX), lists the challenges that Spain faces, notably with regard to Europe. "In 2010, Spain will be president of the EU. ... This presidency will be different from the previous ones because, by that time, there will be a fixed 'president' of the European Council - Spain has to assume that he will be an avowed European - thanks to the Lisbon Treaty which will be, barring any surprises, in force by then. ... We should therefore closely follow the French presidency and the 'big manoeuvres' currently taking place, such as the recent Franco-British summit, in which Spain should not be absent. It simply means instituting a policy based on a vision of Europe that emphasises consensus and would thus facilitate the presidency. That would improve our ability to propose ideas."

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