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Catalan Independence? Dream On

Casqueiro & Servulo Gonzalez, El Pais

A Plebiscite for Catalonia

Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

Who's Nexit? 5 EuroStates in Trouble

Daniel Altman, Foreign Policy

A suggestion by a Catalonia government official that the region could offer Catalan citizenship to residents of Valencia, the Balearics, parts of Aragon and parts of southern Franc...(full article)

Though formally held to elect a new regional assembly, the ballot is being cast by secessionists as a plebiscitary vote that will express Catalans' level of support for the soverei...(full article)

Margaret Thatcher once said that Europe was created by history -- a simple observation with consequences as profound as they are unpredictable....(full article)

Which will be the next eurozone domino to fall? With Greece enjoying a temporary lull in its apparently permanent crisis, we can take a moment to look around its neighborhood at ot...(full article)

“When we told friends and family we were moving to Peru, no one was surprised,” Ana Bustinduy says. “There is just no work in Spain. “People have already se...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Can We Kick Out France, Spain, and Portugal Too? - Rod Liddle, Spectator

The Greeks should not have been invited into the European Union and, having been so invited, their arcane financial practices should not have been tolerated by the economically dom...

Deathwish Lifestyle: Why People Run With Bulls - M. Murado, Guardian

They know it’s not an ancient tradition, or even typically Spanish. But veterans of Pamplona’s encierro still see it as much more than just another extreme sport....

Spain to Expelled Jews: Come Back! - Shira Rubin, Daily Beast

The Inquisition threatened them with gruesome deaths if they remained. Now Madrid is welcoming Jews back, not least, to help boost the flagging Spanish economy....

Spain Brings Pain to Venezuela's Leftists - Mac Margolis, Bloomberg View

Until recently, Venezuela seemed to be working some magic on Spain. Spain's far left, led by the socialist Podemos party, fell hard for the lingering charms of the late Hugo Chave...

Spain Fragments Again - Stratfor

The arrival of these new political forces, important as they are, has added only another level of complexity to what has historically been a divided country. The roots of Spanish f...

Europe and Anti-Europe - Joschka Fischer, Project Syndicate

BERLIN – Since 2008, when the global financial crisis erupted, the European Union has been confronted by a succession of crises: the escalating Greek crisis; Russian revanchi...

Spain's Syriza Moment - Philippe Legrain, Foreign Policy

Spanish voters are ready to boot the corrupt establishment parties from office. It’s about time....

Spain and Poland Send Europe a Message - Bloomberg View

Leaders of the European Union might be too busy prolonging the crisis in Greece to notice some interesting electoral developments in Spain and Poland. They ought to make the time....

Spain's Two-Party System Makeover - Stan Veuger, National Interest

Spain woke up on Monday to confirmation that its relatively stable two-party system of the past thirty-five years had been fundamentally transformed. In last year’s European ...

The End of Spain's Two-Party System? - Helena Spongenberg, EU Observer

Spain took a turn towards the new left in Sunday’s regional and local elections, putting an end to the dominating two-party system....

A Populist Retreat in Spain - Irish Times

A new kind of politics for Spain was heralded four years ago today by the 15th of May movement, when masses of citizens initiated a summer of discontent by occupying landmark city ...

Found: Rare 17th Century Spanish Shipwreck - Jane Lee, NatGeo

Archaeologists searching for real-life pirates of the Caribbean stumbled on a mysterious shipwreck in 2011. Now after years of historical detective work, they know what they discov...

Is the Populist Wave in Spain Receding? - Mats Persson, Open Europe

The rise of Spain’s new anti-establishment party, Podemos, has been nothing short of spectacular. However, there are now signs that Podemos is running out of steam. Mats Pers...

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...

Spain's Economy Bounces Back - Christoph Pauly, Der Spiegel

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...

Greece Leads, Spain Follows, Europe Trembles - P. Smith, Fiscal Times

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...

5 Women Fighting Europe's Toughest Battles - Paul Ames, Global Post

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....

Is the Euro Compatible with Democracy? - Philippe Legrain, FP

“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...

Will Spain Follow in Greece's Footsteps? - Natalie Nougayrede, Guardian

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 ...

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...

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