- Title Pages
- One Introduction
- Two Gibraltar Incommunicado
- Three The Lisbon Agreement
- Four Spain's Approaches to NATO
- Five ‘Different and Distant’? the Falklands/Malvinas Dispute
- Six Spain Joins NATO
- Seven The Border Remains Closed
- Eight Felipe Opens the Gates
- Nine Towards the Brussels Declaration
- Ten The Border is Fully Opened: Negotiations Get Under Way
- Eleven Osmosis Begins
- Twelve Sovereignty and Sovereigns
- Thirteen Into Felipe's Second Term: Guards and Gates
- Fourteen The Battle over the Airport
- Fifteen Gibraltarians Vote to Resist
- Sixteen First Visits by First Ladies
- Seventeen The Bossano Strategy
- Eighteen Spain's Role in Death on the Rock
- Nineteen A European Hong Kong?
- Twenty Tackling Money-Laundering and Smuggling
- Twenty-One Felipe Visits London
- Twenty-Two Four More Years for Joe Bossano
- Twenty-Three The External Frontier Issue Remains Unresolved
- Twenty-Four Conclusion
- Appendix 1 The Treaty of Utrecht (2–13 July 1713)
- Appendix 2 The Lisbon Agreement (10 April 1980)
- Appendix 3 The Brussels Declaration (27 November 1984)
- Appendix 4 The Government of Gibraltar
Spain Joins NATO
Spain Joins NATO
- (p.55) Six Spain Joins NATO
- A Stone in Spain's Shoe
- Liverpool University Press
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.
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