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.

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.

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.

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!

October 2, 2017

Inside Spain (17 July-19 September)

North-Korean diplomat expelled.
Government ramps up pressure against illegal Catalan independence referendum.
UN refugee agency says Spain lacks the capacity to handle migration crisis.
Growth to be upgraded, underpinned by stronger consumption and exports.
Ferrovial enters US airport market.

September 19, 2017

The conundrum of Spain’s recovering economy and stubbornly high unemployment

The economy has recovered from a deep crisis and is growing at more than 3% for the third year running, but the unemployment rate remains stubbornly high at 17.2%, though well down on the peak of 27.1% in 2013.

September 19, 2017

50 Years of Runnymede College, 1967-2017

My book on the 50th anniversary of Madrid’s Runnymede College, a secular, mixed school founded during the Franco regime when such things were unheard of.

September 9, 2017

Entrevista en Carta España sobre Arturo Barea

September 7, 2017

Tensions in Spain’s vital tourism

Spain’s tourism industry, a cornerstone of the economy, will set yet another record this year, with the number of tourists forecast at 84 million, but it is beginning to become a victim of its own success.

September 6, 2017

Inside Spain (20 June-17 July)

King Felipe in state visit to UK calls for new ‘arrangements’ over Gibraltar.
Catalan push for independence moves towards showdown with central government.
Population rises for first time since 2011 due to migration.
Parliament ratifies EU-Canada free-trade deal after Socialists abstain.
State-controlled lender Bankia takes over BMN.

July 20, 2017