Spain’s exports continue to flourish, but lose steam

Spain’s merchandise exports rose for the fifth consecutive year in 2014 and set a new record, but their growth was the slowest since 2008. With the economy now firmly recovering, thanks to stronger domestic demand, this slowdown raises the question of whether the export success will tail off.

Date
February 28, 2015

Inside Spain (27 January-24 February)

Spain presses for dialogue over the Ukraine, not military aid. Podemos consolidates itself as the leading party, Ciudadanos rises. Spain’s foreign population, second largest in European Union. Spain’s growth set to accelerate. Airport operator AENA in Europe’s largest initial public offering.

Date
February 25, 2015

Why is Spain recovering faster than expected?

The Spanish economy is gaining momentum at a faster pace than expected, as evidenced by the constant upgrading of the GDP growth forecasts for the country by the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission.
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Date
February 20, 2015

The exiled Spanish writer Arturo Barea

It took three visits to Faringdon before I finally found the commemorative stone to the exiled Spanish writer Arturo Barea, author of the autobiographical trilogy The Forging of the Rebel, one of the great narratives of the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War and the events leading up to it.
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Date
February 19, 2015

Spain’s crisis: the state of play

Click on the title for details of my talk at the Oxford Literary Festival on 29 March.

Date
February 2, 2015

My brief interview with Turkey’s Foreign Minister

Date
January 29, 2015

Spain and Greece: National Public Radio

A very brief participation.

Date
January 29, 2015

Inside Spain (17 December-27 January)

Spain takes up seat on UN Security Council. Madrid and Washington to negotiate stationing permanent US Marines Africa force in Spain. The year 2015 will be replete with elections and corruption cases in the courts. Spain to grow faster in 2015 than the other big euro-zone economies. China’s Dalian Wanda takes 20% stake in Atlético de Madrid.

Date
January 29, 2015

March 28: my talk on the exiled Spanish writer Arturo Barea at the Oxford Literary Festival

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Date
January 20, 2015

Spain and Greece: the same, yet different

Both Spain and Greece have far-left anti-establishment parties, born out of indignation at many years of austerity and endemic corruption, that look like toppling established parties in both countries, in Greece’s case on 25 January when a snap general election is held.

Date
January 19, 2015