Reading suggestions: the accession of Portugal and Spain to the European Union

1985 - Portugal

1985 – Portugal

On 1 January 2016, thirty years will have elapsed since Portugal and Spain became fully-fledged members of what was then the European Community. The process had started a decade before, in 1974-75, when the two Iberian dictatorships broke up and set in train a new beginning with their applications for membership to the European Community. The long-standing authoritarian regimes in Portugal and Spain had prevented them from joining the European institutions and kept the two countries on the fringe of the European integration process begun after the Second World War.

1985 - Spain

1985 – Spain

Having long been marginalised in Europe both economically and politically, Portugal and Spain also suffered from outdated industrial and agricultural sectors compared to the Member States of the European Community. Membership therefore appeared to be a fundamental solution to their problems.

However, there were important differences between the experience of Spain, with its large economy and its reformist transition to democracy, and that of Portugal, with its small economy and its revolutionary transition.

Since 1986 the European venture has fostered a new paradigm in bilateral relations between the two Iberian countries, historically marked by mutual suspicion, strategic caution, pragmatic separation and various types of tension. This new pattern of bilateral relations has paved the way for increased common understanding and positions.

We hope this selection of books will offer you a new and refreshing view of Portugal and Spain’s European experience. We believe that they are essential reading material for anyone interested in understanding contemporary Portugal and Spain.

Portugal in the European Union: assessing twenty-five years of integration experience / edited by Laura C. Ferreira-Pereira.
Abingdon: Routledge, 2014.
ISBN 9780415580533
02_as_negociacoes_de_adesao_de_portugal_a_cee As negociações de adesão de Portugal à CEE: 1977-1985 / Miguel Mattos Chaves.
Coimbra: Almedina, 2013.
Series: Fora de Coleção
ISBN 9789724053431
Portugal in the twenty-first century: politics, society, and economics / edited by Sebastián Royo.
Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, 2012.
ISBN 9780739137567
Perspectives of national elites on European citizenship: a South European view / edited by Nicolò Conti, Maurizio Cotta, Pedro Tavares de Almeida.
Abingdon: Routledge, 2012.
ISBN 9780415686204
O pedido de adesão de Portugal às Comunidades Europeias : aspectos político-diplomáticos / Francisco Niny de Castro.
Centro de Informação Europeia Jacques Delors.
Cascais: Princípia, 2010.
Series: Prémio Jacques Delors, 2010.
ISBN 9789898131713
Los orígenes de la integración de España en Europa :
desde el franquismo hasta los años de la transición / Maria Elena Cavallaro [traductor: Javier Muños Soro]
Madrid : Sílex, 2009.
Series: Serie Historia contemporánea
ISBN  9788477372165
L’Espagne et l’Europe : de la dictature de Franco à l’Union européenne / Matthieu Trouvé.
Bruxelles : Peter Lang, 2008.
ISBN  9789052014593
08-20151222_102212 Veinte años de España en Europa / Raimundo Bassols ; prólogo de Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo.
Madrid : Editorial Biblioteca Nueva ; Estudios de Política Exterior, 2007.
ISBN  9788497427852
  The developing place of Portugal in the European Union / José M. Magone.
New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2004.
ISBN  0-7658-0206-6
10-SP & PT in the EU Spain and Portugal in the European Union: the first fifteen years / editors Sebastian Royo; Paul Christopher Manuel.
London; Portland : Frank Cass, 2003.
ISBN  0-7146-5518-X
The politics of southern Europe: integration into the European Union / José M. Magone.
Westport, Conn. ; London: Praeger, 2003.
ISBN  0-275-97787-0
Portugal: strategic options in a European context / edited by Fátima Monteiro …[et al.]
Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2003.
ISBN  9780739105092

Interested in reading one of these books? Come and visit us in the Central Library located in the Justus Lipsius building, at JL 02 GH, Rue de la Loi 175, 1048 Brussels (Froissart entrance) – Opening hours Monday to Friday 11.00 – 15.00.

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