Although the date on which the article was written frightens me, it seems logical and encouraging for the Spanish export economy. Their trade with Morocco has doubled in the last years.
Proximity and historical ties are obvious, but I’ve always thought the trade to consist of illegal substances only, apart from carpets, silly me.
My attitude is a typical European one, the world stops at the Bosporus and Africa is a dark continent mired in poverty. I know I’m wrong on both counts.