DBC Lunch 2nd July

The 2024 EU elections are over and as expected there has been a shift to the political right. However, the pro-European political center is holding firm in the European Parliament and these elections appear to have little direct economic effect on the economy. The economic impact of the past elections will be noticeable for national […]

DBC Lunch 4th June

Corruption crimes, such as bribery or theft of public funds, generate significant proceeds that must be laundered or ‘cleaned’ to avoid problems with the tax authorities. Corrupt officials can also facilitate money laundering and influence the process, allowing illegal proceeds and money launderers to evade controls and sanctions. According to 80% of Spaniards, political parties […]

DBC Lunch 7th May

While the term “Dutch Disease” is conventionally linked with an economy’s excessive reliance on a single natural resource sector, such as oil or gas, it can be broadly applied to situations where an economy becomes overly dependent on any single industry. In this context, the term could also aptly describe the dependence of the Spanish […]

Yvonne Blake

Yvonne Blake was a Spanish-British costume designer, winner of an Oscar for best costumes in 1971 – for the film Nicolás y Alejandra – and four Goya Awards. In 2012, she became the first woman to win the National Cinematography Award without having been an actress. She was president of the Academy of Cinematographic Arts […]

Elisa Carbonell

Elisa Carbonell

Elisa Carbonell Martín is CEO of ICEX Spain Exportation and Investments. Previously she held the responsibility of General Director of Internationalization. Before joining ICEX, she was international affairs advisor in the cabinet of the first vice president and minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño and, between 2012 and 2015, she was responsible […]

Wim Duisenberg

Wim Duisenberg

Willem Frederik Duisenberg was a Dutch banker and politician. As the first president of the European Central Bank, between 1998 and 2003, he was one of the architects of the introduction of the common European currency, the euro, in eleven countries in 2002.

DBC Lunch 9th April

With the European elections looming, one may wonder about the future of centrist political parties. The political landscape in Europe has undeniably shifted towards polarization, with voters increasingly gravitating towards the extremes of the political spectrum. Contributing factors such as economic uncertainty, immigration concerns, cultural shifts, and disillusionment with traditional political establishments have exacerbated this […]

DBC Lunch 5th March

After our lunch on November 7 with Merel van Dongen, then football player of Atlético de Madrid, and our New Year’s drink last January 9 in the Metropolitano stadium, it is Real Madrid’s turn on March 5! Through our secretary Richard van Vliet, we have Jose luis ruiz exposito, Director Corporativo of Real Madrid, as a guest […]

DBC Lunch 6th February

In a recent report from Colliers Global Commercial Real Estate Services, Madrid was named as one of the best European cities to invest in real estate. Dutch investment companies and pension funds have traditionally been important investors in Spain. And many of our compatriots, including some members of our club, are active in this sector. […]