José Ignacio Torreblanca

joined the European Council on Foreign Relations as a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Madrid Office in 2007. He has a doctorate in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and teaches political science and EU affairs at the distance learning University in Madrid (UNED). He is also Fellow at the Juan March Institute of Studies in Madrid.

He is a member of the editorial board of the journal Foreign Policy en español, co-editor of and a regular columnist in El Pais. He blogs in Spanish at A golpe de azul.



While democracy evaporates on a national level, it doesn’t reappear anywhere else, least of all in Europe. Maintaining the democratic nature of our societies depends on the rules of the game we impose on ourselves at the European level, argues José Ignacio Torreblanca.

Can Europe really break apart? Yes, of course it can, writes José Ignacio Torreblanca. Few times in the past has the European project been so questioned and its disgraces so publicly exposed as now. It’s time to stop looking the other way.