The Brexit challenge for Spain and Gibraltar, and the Catalan crisis

My talk at the Gibraltar Literary Festival.

Date
November 18, 2017

Mi discurso en la entrega del Premio Arturo Barea en Badajoz

Premio concedido a Francisco Javier García Carrero por su obra, “Un siglo de historia de la Guardia Civil en Extremadura.”

Date
November 9, 2017

The potential impact of the Catalan crisis on the Spanish economy

The crisis in Catalonia, sparked by the regional government’s illegal proclamation of an independent state last month, is already exacting a toll on the Catalan economy and threatens to seriously weaken the wider Spanish economy if the situation is prolonged.

Date
November 8, 2017

Crisis in Catalonia

Spain is living through sad times. The Catalan parliament’s illegal proclamation of an independent state has sparked the most serious constitutional crisis since the failed coup in 1981. But unlike that crisis, this one has no easy solution. All the stereotypes that Spaniards are incapable of living together, epitomised by the 1936-39 Civil War, are being reinforced.
My post for Oxford University Press.

Date
November 2, 2017

Brexit, Catalonia and other challenges for Spain

My talk at the Cañada Blanch Centre, London.

Date
October 26, 2017

Inside Spain (19 September-19 October)

Government rejects Turkey’s request to extradite two writers.
Catalan president fails to clarify independence bid, raising prospect of direct rule of the region.
700 Catalan companies vote with their feet.
Spain, third EU country with most growth in risk of poverty.

Date
October 19, 2017

No todo ha sido un fracaso

En tiempos de desasosiego nacional, como el provocado por la lucha por la independencia en Cataluña –la crisis más grave en España desde el fallido golpe de Estado de 1981–, es fácil perder de vista los logros y caer en el desánimo al ser presa de la falsa creencia, propagada por los populistas de cualquier signo político, de que todo ha ido mal en el país.
ABC

Date
October 19, 2017

Why Oxfordshire’s most famous Spanish émigré is being honoured at an exhibition

The naming of a square in Madrid after Arturo Barea, the Spanish émigré writer and BBC broadcaster who lived on Lord Faringdon’s Buscot Park estate until his death in 1957, is to be followed by a major exhibition in Spain’s capital in December, which I am curating.

Date
October 4, 2017

Not everything has gone badly in Spain

In times of national angst, such as that caused by the struggle for independence in Catalonia, the most serious crisis in Spain since the attempted coup in 1981 and which turned violent when people tried to vote in last Sunday’s unconstitutional referendum, it is easy to become despondent and fall prey to the false belief that everything is going wrong in the country.

Date
October 4, 2017

Ya nunca regresaste, mi Carta Blanca a Arturo Barea

Pasé los primeros seis años de mi vida (1951-1957) viviendo en un pueblo del condado de Oxford. Nunca imaginé que me encontraba tan cerca de tu hogar en Faringdon, aunque eso lo descubrí después. Falleciste en 1957 a los 60 años, tras 18 de exilio. ¡Ojalá hubieras tenido una vida más larga!

Date
October 2, 2017