Should the European Union suspend Turkey’s accession negotiations?

The arrest of Turkish journalists, media executives and even the scriptwriter of a popular television series, ostensibly for ‘forming, leading and being a member of an armed terrorist organisation’, brought a swift rebuke from the European Commission and raised the question of whether Turkey’s EU painfully slow accession negotiations should be suspended.

December 17, 2014

Inside Spain (19 November-17 December)

Including: Spain’s first Transparency Law comes into force; Podemos slips in voting intention poll, unveils economic programme;
population continues to fall mainly because of emigration and Bankia’s accounts for its public listing ‘full of errors’.

December 17, 2014

Can Spain afford the economic programme of Podemos?

The anti-establishment, leftist party Podemos (We Can), established almost a year ago, which, according to a poll, would be the second most voted party if an election were held today, has unveiled its economic plan that is long on spending ideas and short on how to finance them.

December 12, 2014

¿Es España realmente “diferente”? Las consecuencias de la crisis.

Mi conferencia para Les Rutes de la Xara, Simat de la Valldigna, Valencia.

November 27, 2014

Inside Spain (21 October-18 November)

Including: stand-off between Catalonia and Madrid remains after mock referendum on independence; banks pass the ECB’ assessment with flying colours; corporate titans propose way to radically cut unemployment and Spain shoots up the Doing Business ranking, cuts time needed to start a business.

November 18, 2014

The Gypsy Scholar and the Cambridge Don: Walter Starkie and JB Trend

My lecture at the Gibraltar Literary Festival on 15 November.

November 15, 2014

How to radically cut Spain’s unemployment: feasible or wishful thinking?

November 12, 2014

Spain leads the world market in infrastructure development

A spate of major contracts won over the last month in Australia, Brazil and the US has strengthened Spain’s already commanding position in the global infrastructure market. The potentially most interesting development is Ferrovial’s take-over bid for Australia’s Transfield Services, as it is a stepping stone to China.

November 5, 2014

Spanish banks pass the ECB assessment with flying colours

Spanish banks sailed through the latest EU-wide health check, signalling they do not need any more capital. This follows several years of tough adjustments as a result of the near collapse of the financial system in 2012 that triggered a €41 billion bail out (exited in January).

October 27, 2014

Inside Spain (22 September-21 October)

Main events include: Spain wins UN Security Council seat; Catalan President scraps independence referendum, plans another form of consultation; public debt to exceed 100% of GDP in 2015, forecast to decline as of 2016, and Telefónica completes €8.6 billion purchase of Germany’s E-Plus.

October 21, 2014