Articles by Jacobo de Regoyos

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Jacobo de Regoyos
Jacobo de Regoyos has been reporting from Brussels for the last 16 years. After writing for Spanish newspaper El Mundo and Tele 5, he is currently the correspondent for Onda Cero Radio. He holds a degree in Journalism by San Pablo CEU University and in 2001 he won the prestigious Salvador de Madariaga award, granted to the best reporting in Europe. He is also author of 'Belgistán, el laboratorio nacionalista' (Belgistan, the nationalism lab), about the evolution of nationalism in the EU.

Spain, general elections and the deficit

In the last few years, Spain has halved its deficit and emerged from a recession and the threat of a bailout which could have pulled all the eurozone down with it. Furthermore, it is now one of the countries with the highest growth – when the rest of the eurozone is still dragging its feet eight years after the start of the crisis – and unemployment is trending lower. But while caretaker Economy Minister Luis de Guindos keeps repeating Spain may not be sanctioned for non-compliance with its deficit target, everything indicates this will happen at the beginning of July.

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European Union: A Heart With Tachycardia

The Belgian authorities understand that the risk of Brussels losing its capital status in Europe is very real in the wake of the terrorist attacks and the security deficiencies these revealed. Such a mess is incompatible with being the headquarters for the European Union and NATO.

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The EU as Great Britain’s tailor

Great Britain’s exit from the European Union could be the straw that breaks Europe’s back. So heads of state and government have worked hard on devising a new tailor-made suit for the UK.


The New European Fortress: Schengen Is No Longer Irreversible

Schengen, another great symbol of European integration, is walking on thin ice because of the difficulty of governments to manage the refugee crisis and the security problems posed by jihadist attacks. Schengen is no longer  irreversible. Even countries like Sweden are considering gestures as symbolic as the closure of the bridge that connects it with Denmark.

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Spain Economic Office Chief: “If we wanted the euro, we needed to have more flexibility”

BRUSSELS | July 3, 2015 | By Jacobo de Regoyos | The Greek crisis has sparked an intense debate about the future of the European Union. Spain recently handed Brussels a proposal on a eurozone-level budget for emergency rescues, and the need of issuing eurobonds. Head of Spain’s Economic Office Head Álvaro Nadal spoke to The Corner about competitiveness and solidarity between members. This is the second part of an interview.

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Gérard Mestrallet: The risk of takeover bids in the energy industry is fairly limited

BRUSSELS | May 8, 2015 | By Jacobo de Regoyos | In the second part of his conversation with The Corner, GDF Suez (now Engie) Chairman and CEO Gérard Mestrallet refuses to comment on the  French government allegedly approving rules to protect multinationals from potential takeover bids. He insist that the carbon price is currently too low, and that does not send a clear signal to the industry players.

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Gibraltar’s Dep PM: “No contraband or money laundering, only tourism”

BRUSSELS | By Jacobo de RegoyosReports several months ago claimed that smuggling and money laundering were on the rise in Gibraltar. In an exclusive interview with The Corner, Gibraltar´s Deputy Chief Minister, Joseph Garcia, makes an impassioned defence of the territory´s record, claiming that the measures in place to combat such problems are among the strongest in Europe. He also laments the deterioration of relations with the Spanish Government and calls for a reopening of diplomatic channels. 

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EU: When taxation is tailor-made

BRUSSELS | By Jacobo de Regoyos | The previous five years of Jean-Claude Juncker’s reign were suddenly thrown into flux following the publication of hundreds of secret documents regarding agreements between the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg-during his premiership- and over 340 multinationals. In essence, this amounted to the facilitation of tailor-made fiscal schemes that allow the payment of a corporate tax close to 1% instead of the stipulated 29%.