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A Stone in Spain's ShoeThe Search for a Solution to the Problem of Gibraltar$
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Peter Gold

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780853232094

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317262

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Spain Joins NATO

Spain Joins NATO

May-June 1982

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(p.55) Six Spain Joins NATO
Source:
A Stone in Spain's Shoe
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846317262.006

This chapter examines the implications of Spain's NATO membership on 30 May 1982. While Spain's membership was a major step towards its international rehabilitation after the Franco years, it was not the most auspicious time, either on the national or international scene, for it to take such an important as well as such a controversial decision. On the international front, the event took place while the Falklands/Malvinas conflict remained unresolved — a conflict which saw all of Spain's future NATO partners in support of the British position while Spain supported Argentina. On the national stage, the sentences on those responsible for the attempted military coup of 23 February 1981 were handed down a few days after entry. There was also no consensus amongst the Spanish people that membership of NATO was the right step for the country to take.

Keywords:   NATO, democracy, Falklands conflict, Argentina

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