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.
Having long been marginalised in Europe both economically and politically, Portugal and Spain also suffered from outdated industrial and agricultural sectors compared to the Member States of the European Community.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.
|As negociações de adesão de Portugal à CEE: 1977-1985 / Miguel Mattos Chaves.
Coimbra: Almedina, 2013.
Series: Fora de Coleção
|Portugal in the twenty-first century: politics, society, and economics / edited by Sebastián Royo.
Lanham, MD : Lexington Books, 2012.
|Perspectives of national elites on European citizenship: a South European view / edited by Nicolò Conti, Maurizio Cotta, Pedro Tavares de Almeida.
Abingdon: Routledge, 2012.
|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.
|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
|L’Espagne et l’Europe : de la dictature de Franco à l’Union européenne / Matthieu Trouvé.
Bruxelles : Peter Lang, 2008.
|Veinte años de España en Europa / Raimundo Bassols ; prólogo de Leopoldo Calvo-Sotelo.
Madrid : Editorial Biblioteca Nueva ; Estudios de Política Exterior, 2007.
|The developing place of Portugal in the European Union / José M. Magone.
New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Publishers, 2004.
|Spain and Portugal in the European Union: the first fifteen years / editors Sebastian Royo; Paul Christopher Manuel.
London; Portland : Frank Cass, 2003.
|The politics of southern Europe: integration into the European Union / José M. Magone.
Westport, Conn. ; London: Praeger, 2003.
|Portugal: strategic options in a European context / edited by Fátima Monteiro …[et al.]
Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2003.
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