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After years of being one of Europe's shakiest economies, Spain has managed to institute strict reforms and bring back economic growth. But job numbers and research funding lag behi...(full article)

It took a mere six days for the election victory of the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece to start ricocheting around Europe like a stray bullet in a concrete bunker. And alrea...(full article)

Since Britain's Margaret Thatcher became the first woman elected to run a European Union country in 1979, 17 of the 28 EU countries have had female presidents or prime ministers....(full article)

“New elections change nothing,” asserted Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, ahead of the Greek vote in January that swept into office a radical-left government p...(full article)

If first impressions count, then the political force that wants to transform Spain in 2015 consists mainly of student types and self-conscious outsiders. That, at any rate, is the ...(full article)

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Madrid's Immoveable Feast - Matthew Bremner, Compass Cultura

An old man sits in the corner of the restaurant. His forehead hangs heavily over his eyes and shadows a gun-barrel straight nose. He is stooped and hunched over by age and looks on...

Chavez's Ghost Haunts Spanish Elections - Itxu Diaz, Daily Beast

Funded by Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez and his successor, Podemos is the party to beat in this year’s Spanish elections....

Welcome to the Backlash Era, Europe - Philippe Legrain, Foreign Policy

“Yes We Can” may be a stale slogan in Obama’s America, but in crisis-hit Spain it is the rallying cry of a year-old radical-left party that is taking the country by storm. ...

An Arrogant Europe Shoots the Messenger - Pablo Iglesias, The Guardian

The new despots who are trying to persuade us that Europe’s problem is Greece are putting the European project itself at risk....

What Cuba Has Cost the World - Carlos Alberto Montaner, RealClearWorld

Cuban leader Raul Castro has presented to U.S. President Barack Obama a set of conditions to re-establish diplomatic relations. Among those conditions, Castro demands compensation ...

A New Political World Emerges in Europe - Neal Lawson, New Statesman

Politics is now operating at "three speeds". Can our establishment parties keep up?...

Indy Catalonia Might Be Investment-Worthy - N. Ottens, Atlantic Sentinel

Catalonia would recover its investment-grade credit rating if it seceded from Spain, a study released earlier this week showed. The region, Spain’s richest, would merit an A...

The Re-Emergence of "Fortress Spain" - Hisham Aidi, Al Jazeera

On January 8, a day after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Pegida, the German-based anti-Islam movement opened a branch in Spain, and called for a mass rally in front of mosques in Madri...

Google's Spanish Gambit - Irish Times

Publishers cite copyright issue but need Google to direct readers to their sites....

Is Spanish Bullfighting on Its Way Out? - James Badcock, Newsweek

Catalonia banned bullfighting in 2010 and a number of Spain’s alternative political forces, including the Podemos (“We Can”), now espouse a nationwide ban....

Empty European Votes Won't Help Palestinians - Arsen Ostrovsky, JPost

Europe must pressure Abbas to end this unremitting incitement and violence against Israel and recognize its right to exist as the nation-state of the Jewish people....

Negotiate With Catalonia - Bloomberg View

Unless Rajoy opens the door to compromise, opinions in Catalonia and Madrid will continue to harden. Then, rather than a healthy, constructive debate, Spain will face escalating co...

How to Solve Spain's Secession Crisis - Diego Muro, Foreign Affairs

Madrid’s approach has been needlessly adversarial. Rather than resist Catalan’s aspirations, the Spanish government should welcome its commitment to a democratic proces...

A Plea for Catalonia - Andrew Davis, RealClearWorld

The 2006 Catalan Statute of Autonomy was meant to address Catalonia's self-government deficit. The statute was approved by the Catalan parliament, the Spanish Congress, and an over...

Europe's Perennial State of Fragmentation - Adriano Bosoni, Stratfor

Over the past 12 months, I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, observing firsthand how the global economic crisis is reawakening dormant trends along the Continent's tradi...

The Grit of the Catalonians - Paul Ames, Global Post

If a people's pastimes reflect its character, Catalans are clearly a formidable bunch. On Sunday, hundreds gathered in front of this ancient city’s town hall to engage in th...

Calming Catalonia's Secessionist Fever - Mark Gilbert, Bloomberg

"Devo max" is the dystopian-sounding term the British government is now using to describe the nation's tax-and-spending future in the wake of the Scotland's failed-but-still-seismi...

Catalans Are Still Spanish - Antonio Munoz Molina, Financial Times

Real countries – and the real citizens within them – rarely conform to the types cast for them by nationalist narratives....

China Swooping in on Italy's Grids and Brands - Rachel Sanderson, FT

The EU debt crisis opened up periphery countries to Chinese investors....

Spain Investigating Nurse's Ebola Case - Phillip and Ferdman, Washington Post

The first case of Ebola transmission outside of West Africa has raised questions about how a nurse at a Spanish hospital contracted the virus and whether sufficient protocols were ...

First Scotland, Now Spain - Bloomberg

Like the Scots, the Catalans want a referendum on independence. Unlike the British, the Spaniards aren’t inclined to let them have it. This is a mistake, and Spain's leaders ...

Catalonia Might Do What Scotland Couldn't - Carlos Delgado, DW

In Scotland, nothing has changed but nothing will stay the way it is. Those in favor of independence have lost the battle, but it wasn't in vain, as Westminster has pledged more po...

Catalans Want Independence Too - Helene Zuber, Der Spiegel

Catalonia wants to join Scotland in holding an independence referendum. But the Spanish constitution doesn't allow for secession. Nationalists in Barcelona are prepared to push the...

Europe's Malaise: The New Normal? - George Friedman, Stratfor

Russia and Ukraine continue to confront each other along their border. Iraq has splintered, leading to unabated internal warfare. And the situation in Gaza remains dire. These even...

Catalonia's Shame, a Stain on Spain - Financial Times

Spaniards opposed to Catalan independence, who include Mariano Rajoy, the prime minister, must be rubbing their hands in glee at the scandal unfolding in the northeast of their cou...

Ghost of Hugo Chavez Stalks Spain - Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami Herald

Political idiocy is within reach of every country. No society is free from treading that path. Whoever doubts it should think of Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, Castro's Cuba ...

Can Spain Save Its Monarchy? - Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami Herald

Juan Carlos' prestige grew while Spain prospered and plummeted when the economy stumbled. Felipe and Letizia will soon be the monarchs of Spain. They are full of good intentions, b...

Spain's Poisoned Chalice - James Badcock, Foreign Policy

The Spanish monarchy is in big trouble, and not even a young, handsome new king may be able to do anything about it....

The Fall of King Juan Carlos - Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker

Nothing has been the same in Spain since the day, two years ago, when King Juan Carlos was revealed to have broken his hip on an elephant-hunting trip to Botswana, and was flown ho...

They Saved the Eurozone but Forgot Its People - Matthew Yglesias, Vox

Remember the eurozone crisis? You don't hear much about it anymore, which could easily lead you to the conclusion that the problems have been solved. And to an extent they have bee...

Basque Separatists Watching Catalonia Closely - Imanol Murua, Conv.

There was a time when Catalan separatists looked at the Basque country enviously. Its independence movement seemed to have a strength and determination that the Catalans lacked....

Europe's Next Moral Hazard - Hans-Werner Sinn, Project Syndicate

An increase in public debt causes a short-term surge in demand, helping to increase the degree of capacity utilization and keep unemployment in check. However, new debt is nothing ...

A Rebellion Is Brewing Against Brussels - Peter Oborne, Daily Telegraph

The EU has always been at heart an elite project. It has been defined by rule from above, made deliberately unintelligible to the average citizen. Its first architects, having live...

Reclaiming Spain's Jews - Gwynne Dyer, Winnipeg Free Press

Spain isn't just saying sorry for expelling its Jews 522 years ago. It's offering to give their descendants back their citizenship....

A European Nation Within Spain - Andreu Mas-Colell, Wall Street Journal

The EU has taken the position that issues such as those currently posed by Scotland and Catalonia are for member states to resolve internally. Fair enough. I will applaud if the Sp...

Adolfo Suarez and the Dream of a Free Cuba - Carlos Montaner, Miami H'ld

In 1990, I asked Adolfo Suárez for help. At the time, I had made a political calculation that the former prime minister could be useful to Cuba's democratization and was a g...

The Educated Young Are Fleeing Europe - Daniel Tkatch, The European

They're getting out while the getting's good....

Quebec to Catalonia, Nationhood Is in Our DNA - Konrad Yakabuski, G&M

From Crimea to Flanders, secessionist movements are breaking out all over. Some lay claim to more legitimacy than others. But they are all testimonies to the enduring grip of histo...

Euro Migration Politics: Beyond the Blame Game - The Guardian

Pulling up the drawbridge in the face of global economic change and the digital era is simply not possible....

As Africans Surge to Europe, Spain Locks Down - Suzanne Daley, NY Times

Ten years ago Spain spent more than 30 million euros building up the barriers around Melilla and Ceuta, its two enclaves surrounded by Morocco on the northern coast of Africa, whic...

Catalonia Should Remain Part of Spain - Carme Chacon, Miami Herald

A hypothetical secession of Catalonia from the rest of Spain would negatively affect the economy and prosperity not only for Catalan and Spanish society but also for the European U...

How David Cameron Could Reshape Europe - Fraser Nelson, Spectator

If David Cameron were to divide Europe up, he’d make some crude distinctions. There would be the basket cases, like Italy, Spain, Greece, France — examples, by and larg...

Muslim's Demand 'Right of Return' to Spain - Soeren Kern, Gatestone

Muslim groups are demanding Spanish citizenship for potentially millions of descendants of Muslims who were expelled from Spain during the Middle Ages. The growing clamor for "hist...

A Dagger Pointed at Europe's Heart - Cayetana de Toleda, Financial Times

Secessionists hail the EU as a model of integration but work to disintegrate one of its states....

Spain's Futile Attempt to Rein in China - David Bosco, Foreign Policy

Is a Spanish attempt to hold China accountable for abuses in Tibet the end of the global policeman?...

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