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Salute to a Communist

John McCain, New York Times

Catalonia's Dangerous Game of Chicken

Duarte & Tadeo, Bloomberg

Why the Spanish Gov't Fears a Puppet Show

Gabriel Pasquini, New Yorker

Generally speaking, it would be legitimate to expect another acrimonious election campaign – with all parties blaming each other for having to repeat the elections – po...(full article)

Technically, the notion of a three-way coalition between the Socialists, Ciudadanos and Podemos is not quite dead yet. With its trademark fondness for direct democracy, Podemos has...(full article)

Not all the Americans who fought in the Lincoln Brigade were Communists. Many were, including Delmer Berg. Others, though, had just come to fight fascists and defend a democracy. E...(full article)

Catalonia is deliberately flirting with default on its bank loans as the region’s separatist government tries to force the Spanish state to deliver aid payments, according to...(full article)

How did a slapstick allegory about sociopolitical witch hunts become the subject of, well, a sociopolitical witch hunt? Bad programming and cultural misunderstanding might account ...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

A 25-Year Journey from Sierra Leone to Spain - Wil Sands, Narratively

One immigrant’s 25-year journey reaches from Sierra Leone to Spain, through piracy at sea, terror on land, the allure of adventure and the shame of a family left behind....

Why Easter and Spain's Semana Santa Are Poles Apart - M. Biles, El Pais

Seville is a city that doesn´t do things by halves. For someone hailing from a country that´s constantly self-apologetic (that’s Britain, in case you’re won...

Spain Deserves a Government - Bloomberg View

Nearly three months after a general election, Spain still hasn’t formed a government. It’s not quite a crisis -- in fact, Spain’s economy is for the most part doi...

The Fear and Despair of Spain's Young Job Seekers - Tobias Buck, FT

One in five youngsters is neither in work, education or training. Tens of thousands have left the country to look for jobs north of the Pyrenees. Those that do find work in Spain t...

Be Brave, Spain, Let Catalonia Vote - Carles Puigdemont, Guardian

This is an unprecedented political moment. Addressing the situation in Catalonia is the only available way to avoid instability in Spain for 2016. If the main Spanish political par...

What's Going on in Spain? - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

It's not an urgent drama unfolding in Spain -- at least not one with enough theatrical immediacy to lead Continent-wide headlines amid the circus of crises daily parading before Eu...

Spain's Own Game of Thrones - Miguel-Anxo Murado, Guardian

To some, it may look like a case of “be careful what you wish for”. The Spanish were supposed to crave a different sort of politics: a more diverse parliament, new part...

Spain's Politics Are Being Reinvented - Omar Encarnacion, WP Review

When Spain went to the polls last December, the outcome sent the country into a state of political limbo. Neither the incumbent conservative Popular Party (PP) nor the main opposit...

Podemos Wants a 'Plural National State' in Spain - F. Manetto, El Pais

But the biggest demand in the Podemos document is the call for a Catalan referendum within the first years of the new term, a vote that would be organized through a new ministry fo...

Spain's Center-Left: Act Two of a Greek Tragedy? - Pavlos Tsimas, Huff Po

As Pedro Sanchez navigates through rough seas while attempting to form a government, he should take, from time to time, a quick look at the travelog of his Greek socialist comrades...

Catalonian Separatists Drop the Facade - Economist

Three months after elections were held, Catalonia’s independence movement now has control of the region’s government. But that control has come at a cost to the secessi...

Spain's Smoldering Separatists - Ben Sills & Esteban Duarte, Bloomberg View

Separatist groups failed to win a majority of votes in Catalan regional elections in September, which they had billed as a de facto referendum on secession. Even with the setback, ...

What Europe Owes Islamic Spain - Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph

No, there is no easy way you can retrofit medieval Spain to become some prototype of modern urban pluralism and tolerance. But what you cannot deny is the scale of the Muslim achie...

Spanish Elections: Voters' Messages Go Unheard - Irish Times

Little progress has been made towards forming a government in Spain, following last month’s elections. Worse, there is little indication any of the major players are willing to n...

Catalan Pro-Independence Parties Battle for Leadership - P. Teffer, EUO

Three months after pro-independence parties in the Spanish region Catalonia obtained a majority of seats in the regional parliament, they are still in deadlock over who should head...

Will a Brave New Spain Rise? - Ana Romero, The Guardian

Most parties agree that there needs to be constitutional reform to include these Spaniards who want to be something else (Basques or Galicians as well as Catalans). But politicians...

Spain's Anger Management - Miguel-Anxo Murado, New York Times

The two big parties that have dominated Spanish politics for decades are being punished not for what they’ve done — or not just for that — but for what they repre...

Outcome of the Spanish Election? Disarray - Gwynne Dyer, Japan Times

Hard times do not usually make people more moderate and open to compromise. Spain is a perfectly reasonable country that has managed its democracy well for 40 years, but it may jus...

Spain's Wounded Giant Plays Kingmaker - Jeremy Cliffe, Politico EU

LONDON — In delivering a fiendishly fragmented and inconclusive set of results at the polls Sunday, Spaniards appear to have devised an exquisite form of torture for their po...

3 Choices for New, Fractured Spanish Politics - Kevin Lees, Suffragio

As predicted, Spain’s messy general election resulted in no clear winner, and none of its two largest parties could claim a majority in the lower house of Spain’s parli...

Seismic Political Shock in Spain - New York Times

The Spanish election on Sunday turned Spanish politics upside down, offering — after Greece and Portugal — the latest striking evidence that voters in southern Europe a...

Spain Election Rattles Euro Zone - Andrew Hammond, Globe and Mail

Following Spain’s inconclusive general election on Sunday, talks – potentially marathon-length – have begun to form a new government. Given the significant possib...

Spain's Vote Bodes Ill for the West - Itxu Diaz, Daily Beast

Overwhelmed by bad polls in recent days, the Rajoy government asked for support from Spanish voters to ensure the “stability” of the country and continue the reforms it...

Spanish Voters Take Revenge - Economist

Spanish stoicism has been impressive, but while ordinary Spaniards suffered, the established parties looked after their own through corruption. Voters took their revenge on Sunday....

Politics Is Not a Good Vs. Bad Fairytale - Pablo Iglesias, Guardian

These scenes confront us with the Weberian ethic of responsibility that impels all political enterprises – that is, the justification of one’s own project whatever its ...

Spain's Politics Are Shattered - Paddy Woodworth, Irish Times

The spectacular irruption of two brand new political formations has left neither established party in a clear position to dominate a new administration, let alone to govern, as the...

Change and Stability for Spain - El Pais

After four years in which political dialogue has been notable for its absence, the parties need to find the road to negotiation once more in order to deal with the problems of our ...

10 Takeaways From Spain's Election - Jeremy Cliffe, Politico EU

Vexing math, an end of the old two-party system and, once more, a pivotal role for Catalonia....

What Happens Now in Spain? - Kaj Leers, RealClearWorld

Spanish voters on Sunday delivered not one, but two striking novelties in the electoral history of the fourth-biggest economy of the European Union. For one, the two-party system w...

Is Two-Party Politics Finished in Europe? - Deborah Orr, The Guardian

The one-size-fits-all model of left and right is crumbling as voters across the continent support a range of parties that reflect their particular beliefs and ideas...

Why Spain Is Not Greece ... Yet! - Cas Mudde, Huffington Post

Spain has gone to the polls and, as expected, the two established parties have gotten a routing from the voters. The center-right Popular Party (PP) of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy...

Spaniards Vote in Unpredictable Election - Toyer & De Miguel, Reuters

Spaniards voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election in which newcomer parties are expected to make big gains against the once-dominant conservatives and Socialists, ushering in a...

Spain Readies for a Historic Election - Kevin Lees, Suffragio

What makes the December 20 election so unique is that economic crisis has shattered Spain’s stable two-party electoral tradition, leaving a four-way free-for-all that could f...

Long Live Spain's Radical Center - Bloomberg View

What if, for a change, a protest party challenged for power in Europe not by blaming the nation's woes on immigrants, the European Union or free markets, but by promising to fix th...

Spain's Ruling Party Could Lose Absolute Majority - David Roman, WSJ

MADRID—Spain’s ruling Popular Party is likely to win the country’s general election on Sunday but could lose its absolute majority amid the rise of new parties, t...

Europe's Hot December - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

December promises intrigue at all levels in Europe. Here are a few events to watch as the holiday season approaches....

Iberian Ills - Joel Weickgenant, RealClearWorld

Events are moving fast across the Continent, and on Armistice Day we bring our focus to Europe's southwestern limb -- the Iberian peninsula that (for now) holds the nation-states o...

Case for Scottish, Catalan Secession Builds - M. Fleming-Williams, Stratfor

Why Scotland and Catalonia currently display such strong secessionist tendencies has as much to do with past grievances as it does with a present confluence of factors....

Catalonia Loses the High Ground - Bloomberg View

The people of Catalonia are frustrated at the way the Spanish government has routinely dismissed their aspirations for greater autonomy. But that frustration doesn't justify what t...

Catalonia Wants Out of Spain by 2017 - Associated Press

The regional parliament of Catalonia approved a plan Monday to set up a road map for independence from Spain by 2017, in defiance of the central government....

Catalan Parliament Starts Secession Process - P. Rios & A. Pinol, El Pais

Exactly one year after Catalan separatists organized an informal referendum on self-rule, the regional parliament held a historic session to debate and vote on a motion to start br...

U.S., Spain to Seal Deal Over Nuclear Accident - Faus & Gonzalez, El Pais

US agrees to remove around 50,000 cubic meters of contaminated soil from air tragedy...

Independence for Catalonia Is Unlikely - Maria Savel, World Politics Review

For now, though, Barcelona and Madrid need to strike a conciliatory tone with each other, which has been sorely lacking. Only then will both sides be able to move beyond the issue ...

Catalonia Invites Another Crisis to Europe - C. Mortera-Martinez, CER

Catalonia’s elections have caused more problems than they have solved. It is time for both Spain and Catalonia to start a national dialogue to reform Spain’s model of r...

What to Make of the Catalan Vote? - Theo Varenne, CapX

Despite the parliamentary majority, pro-independence parties received only 47.8% of the popular vote begging the question: how can one proclaim independence based on a minority?...

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