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Reclaiming Spain's Jews

Gwynne Dyer, Winnipeg Free Press

A European Nation Within Spain

Andreu Mas-Colell, Wall Street Journal

The Educated Young Are Fleeing Europe

Daniel Tkatch, The European

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

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

They're getting out while the getting's good....(full article)

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...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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?...

Would Orwell Be Called a Terrorist Today? - George Monbiot, The Guardian

The International Brigades are acclaimed for bravery. But British citizens who fight in Syria are damned. If only they did it for the money....

The Reform Split in Southern Europe - Financial Times

Almost four years since the start of Europe’s sovereign debt crisis, the debate on the effectiveness of the eurozone response is still far from settled. In particular, economists...

Why on Earth Is Spain Tackling Abortion Now? - Paul Ames, Global Post

n the midst of a jobs crisis and economic dysfunction, Spain now must face a bitter debate over government plans to radically restrict women’s rights....

NATO Needs a Southern Strategy - Larrabee & Wilson, The National Interest

In the first two decades after the end of the Cold War, NATO looked predominantly east, toward Central and Eastern Europe, Ukraine and Russia. Today it is being drawn increasingly ...

The Old King of the New Spain - Miguel-Anxo Murado, New York Times

A recent poll put support for the Spanish monarchy at a historic low: More than 60 percent of Spaniards want King Juan Carlos to step down. And all this is happening amid a series ...

Spain's Alarming Abortion Debate - New York Times

Spain’s conservative Popular Party, led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, is pushing a bill that would restrict reproductive rights so severely that many women would be forced...

Bad Bourbons: Will Spain Abolish Its Monarchy? - Joshua Keating, Slate

The latest juicy development in the scandals surrounding the Spanish monarchy is the filing of money laundering and tax fraud charges against Princess Cristina, the younger daughte...

Biggest Losers of 2013 - Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

What a difference a year makes. The US has been forced to pivot back to the Middle East, and not because things were going well. Al Qaeda is back, having successfully morphed from ...

Are Europeans Giving Up on Europe? - Moises Naim, The Atlantic

The collective mood of a nation mired in a prolonged economic recession shows many of the symptoms of clinical depression: despair, fatalism, an inability to make decisions, lack...

Brewed Free in Catalonia - Cara Parks, Roads & Kingdoms

Catalan identity has made headlines recently, as a secessionist movement long relegated to the fringes has entered the mainstream. Since 2008, the movement has been making headway,...

Netanyahu, Syria & the Spanish Civil War - E. Ottolenghi, Commentator

As the UN and the US cosy up to Iran and allow Assad to stay in power, Israel’s leader will go his own way to save his country....

Southern Europe Is on a Precipice - Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph

The north-south split has many causes. Germany sells machines and prestige cars with a fat profit margin. “Club Med” (the south) competes lower down, against China. Yet...

Enough with Europe's Faux NSA Outrage - Jacques Villain, Le Monde

The loud complaints of European leaders castigating Americans as vile spies who are betraying their allies are quite surprising. Oh, of course, perhaps they felt obligated to say s...

Weak Universities Hurt Latin America, Spain - Carlos Montaner, MH

The consequence of the phenomenon of reiterative cultures is that they live like parasites, clinging to creative centers established outside their perimeter. To a great degree, the...

In Catalonia, a One-State Warning - Gershom Gorenberg, Am. Prospect

Nationalism is alive and well in Europe. Expecting Israelis and Palestinians to abandon it is a fantasy....

Spain's Great Unfinished Task - Carlos Alberto Montaner, Miami Herald

It looks like the recession in Spain is ending. About time. It has lasted five years and has been harsh. The economy grew a few tenths of a percent this quarter. It is a weak sign ...

The Machiavellian Genius of Angela Merkel - Cameron Abadi, TNR

Make no mistake: Merkel knows she has power. When she flies to Greece or Spain, she is well aware that she has already pushed those countries to the economic brink, and is even cap...

China's Southern European Spending Spree - Loro Horta, The Diplomat

Five hundred years ago Portugal began the quasi-colonization of China. With Lisbon deeply in debt, the tables have turned....

Will Catalonia Finally Win Independence? - Aleksandra Hadzelek, Conv.

An extraordinary event took place in Catalonia yesterday. Some 400,000 people formed a human chain that covered the full stretch of the Catalan territory from north to south (400...

Should U.S. Help Britain Keep Its Colonies? - Doug Bandow, Nat'l Interest

British territorial disputes with Argentina and Spain are heating up, leading to demands that Washington support its foremost ally. The issue offers a reminder that military allian...

A Comedy of Errors Off Gibraltar - Daily Telegraph

Spanish police divers have clearly violated the Rock’s sovereignty. Madrid should concentrate on its terrible economic problems....

Spain's New "Fornicators" - Soeren Kern, Gatestone Institute

Public prosecutors in Spain have dropped charges of "advocating gender violence" against a Muslim cleric who, on April 2013, preached a two-hour sermon in Spanish, entitled "The Qu...

Gibraltar & Falklands Deny Logic of History - Simon Jenkins, The Guardian

These relics of empire pay hardly any UK tax -- but when the neighbors cut up nasty, they demand the British protect them....

Dear Spain: Hands Off Our Rock - Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph

Hands off our Rock, that’s what I say. Perhaps it really is a coincidence – as the Foreign Office claims – that we have just sent a fleet of warships to Gibraltar. May...

Between Gibraltar and a Hard Place - Barbie Latza Nadeau, The Daily Beast

The tension, brewing for more than 300 years, erupted last month when Gibraltarians dropped more than 70 concrete blocks into waters near the Spanish border in what they say was a ...

Spain Should Want a Prosperous Gibraltar - Dan Hannan, The Telegraph

Spain should want Gibraltar to flourish as a peaceful neighbour. The chief beneficiaries of Gibraltar's growth, after the Gibraltarians themselves, are the inhabitants of the nearb...

The Politics of Europe's Summer Holidays - The Economist

Europeans say their choice to take more leisure rather than income is part of a social model that is fairer, healthier and happier than America’s. They think America is the anoma...

Signs You're Vacationing in a Fascist Dictatorship - Stewart Cowley, NS

In 1969, as a nine year-old, the only real sign that we had gone on holiday to a fascist dictatorship was the policemen with machine guns walking up and down outside the hotel. The...

Decades of Human Error Led to Spain Train Crash - M. Murado, Guardian

This terrible accident has its roots in a period when all of Spain bought into oversized dreams of fast money and fast trains....

Can Spain Survive Racial Tension, Separatism? - Malcolm Beith, Atlantic

The slender North African man's eyes dart back and forth as he scours the area surrounding the cafe in Sevilla, southern Spain. He heads inside, slowly approaching the bar. He lean...

The Most Powerful Woman in Spanish Politics - Helene Zuber, Der Spiegel

As illegal party financing allegations close in around Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, his 42-year-old deputy has kept her name clean. Now Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría, the m...

Think America's in Bad Shape? Try Europe - Doyle McManus, LA Times

Europe's numbers should be familiar by now, but they're still awful. In the United States, President Obama's much-derided stimulus package helped end our recession in 2009; in Euro...

Should Southern Europe Really Be More German? - Max Höfer, Der Spiegel

In the wake of the euro crisis, Southern Europeans have increasingly traded their traditions of leisure for more work and more consumption -- often at Germany's prodding. As backla...

Islamic Supremacy Rears Its Head in Spain - Soeren Kern, Gatestone

Spanish police have arrested a Muslim immigrant in Mallorca after he claimed to have been sent by Allah to "kill all the Spanish." The arrest follows a series of other Islam-relate...

Spanish Beer Ad Stirs Up a Paella Controversy - Lisa Abend, Time

As beer commercials go, it hardly seems controversial. There are no disembodied male arms reaching for the bottle that rests in the small of a prostrate woman’s naked back (t...

Europeans Are All in the Same Boat Now - Angela Merkel, Der Spiegel

In a SPIEGEL interview, Chancellor Angela Merkel discusses Germany's power in the euro crisis and explains why the country exports weapons to authoritarian regimes like Saudi Arabi...

Europe's Youth Unemployment Fallacy - Alexander Demling, Der Spiegel

The oft-cited statistic that half of young Spaniards are unemployed is wrong. In reality, about one-fifth of those under 25 are looking for work. Nevertheless, outreach programs cr...

Spain's Angry and Unemployed Young Men - George Friedman, Stratfor

He is broke, scared and bored -- not something you want a mass of young men to be. That is the point at which history turns. Over time, they become men with nothing to lose; they b...

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