Spain’s crisis: where we are now. Remarks to the plenary session of the AHGBI annual conference

In order to better understand where Spain is today, you need to be briefly reminded of where the country is coming from.

April 13, 2015

Spain’s crisis: the state of play, FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

Spain is the European Union’s fifth largest economy and a whopping 15 million British tourists visited the country last year, a record number and including, perhaps, some of you who are here today. In order to better understand where Spain is today, you need to know from where it is coming from and so I […]

March 29, 2015

Arturo Barea: From Civil War Madrid to Exile in Oxfordshire, FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

The life and works of Barea epitomize Spain’s 20th century tragedy, particularly that of decent, independent-thinking intellectuals whose lives were shattered by the country’s Civil War between 1936 and 1939. Barea was to some extent part of what the historian Paul Preston calls the “third Spain”, the millions belonging neither to the extreme right nor […]

March 28, 2015

Spanish companies in new wave of acquisitions

After a lean period Spanish companies have returned to acquiring firms abroad, in another sign of the economy’s quickening recovery and increased business confidence.

March 26, 2015

Inside Spain, 24 February-24 March

Highlights: Felipe González to defend jailed Venezuelan opposition leaders; Socialists hold onto Andalucía in new political landscape; Bank of Spain intervenes in Andorran bank following US accusation of money laundering; Foreign direct investment in Spain up by 10%.; Banco de Sabadell to buy UK’s Lloyds TSB.

March 25, 2015

Spanish banks’ internationalisation: Sabadell offers to buy UK’s TSB

Spanish banks are conquistadores. In the latest drive to conquer banks abroad, Banco de Sabadell has boldly offered €1.7 billion for TSB, the UK retail bank carved out of the ailing Lloyds Banking Group two years ago.

March 18, 2015

Ciudadanos gains ground in Spain’s new political landscape

The far left anti-establishment Podemos (‘We can’) is not the only party that is challenging Spain’s discredited two-party system that has given the country stable governments for more than 30 years.
The centrist Ciudadanos (Citizens’ Party) is rapidly gaining support outside of its Catalan base.

March 9, 2015

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.

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.

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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February 20, 2015