Category Archives: Spain

Oct 18 2017

Northern Italy’s ‘Catalan Temptation’?

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By Alessandro Franzi In Italy one can often hear the argument that Italians do not really have a single homeland. They are Italians when they encounter people of other nationalities, but otherwise their feelings of belonging rest with a particular region, and … Continue reading

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Sep 28 2017

An Explanation of the Current Political Situation in Catalonia

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By Javier Padilla and Luis Cornago Bonal In a recent post in The Guardian, the President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont accused the Spanish government of provoking the Catalan crisis by undermining “European values, civil rights, freedom of speech, freedom of … Continue reading

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Jun 14 2017

Does the Catalan Independence Movement Really ‘Love Democracy’?

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By Jose Javier Olivas On 9 June 2017, the Catalan government announced a self-determination referendum to be held on 1 October 2017. Two days later, next to a big banner with the slogan ‘Love Democracy’ and in front of 40,000 … Continue reading

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Jun 21 2016

Beachfront Gone Bust: Spain’s Second Home Economy on the Rocks

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by Sam Holleran & Max Holleran Beachfront Gone Bust. 06.22.16 from Sam Holler on Vimeo. In the early 1950s, Mayor Pedro Zaragoza woke at dawn and left Benidorm, the sleepy-coastal village he governed, to make the 300 mile trip to … Continue reading

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Dec 18 2015

Podemos in the upcoming Spanish general elections

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By Iván Llamazares In the European Parliament elections of May 2014, Podemos (We can) achieved a major electoral breakthrough by receiving 8 per cent of the national vote share and obtaining 5 seats. Podemos had been founded just a few … Continue reading

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Dec 17 2015

The PP and Rajoy’s uncertain future

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By Javier Astudillo and Marta Romero  The incumbent Spanish People’s Party (PP), led by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, will contest the election after being in government with an absolute majority, in addition to controlling until recently most regional governments and … Continue reading

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Dec 16 2015

The PSOE in the upcoming Spanish general elections

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By Paul Kennedy During the PSOE’s last term in office between 2008 and 2011, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero infamously displayed a marked reluctance to use the word ‘crisis’ when referring to the country’s rapidly worsening economic situation. By the time … Continue reading

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Dec 14 2015

Why Ciudadanos’ Albert Rivera is the candidate best placed to oust Mariano Rajoy as Spanish PM

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By Jose Javier Olivas Spain will hold a general election on 20 December, with opinion polls indicating a tight contest between four parties for the largest share of the vote – the governing People’s Party (PP), who have a small … Continue reading

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Dec 7 2015

Separatism does nothing for Catalan identity

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By Alessio Colonnelli ANC & Co. should focus on making a stronger case in Madrid for the Catalan-language regions of Spain. It’s not just about Catalonia. In late spring 2008, the CEO of Air Berlin Joachim Hunold said the airline … Continue reading

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Sep 28 2015

A bitter victory for Catalan pro-independence nationalists

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By Jose Javier Olivas This time the polls got it right. The nationalist pro-independence coalition Junts pel Sí (‘Together for Yes’) won the elections. But arguably this has been a bitter victory. Their 62 seats are insufficient to rule the … Continue reading

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