La plaza de un rebelde, por María Arranz

Quién le iba a decir a Arturo Barea, autor de la célebre trilogía de La forja de un rebelde, todo un símbolo de la narrativa del exilio español, que la historia sobre cómo consiguió que una plaza llevara su nombre en Lavapiés comenzaría en un Duty Free del Aeropuerto de Barajas. Fue allí donde Yolanda Sánchez –trabajadora del Duty Free en cuestión y apasionada de la literatura de Barea– se encontró con William Chislett –investigador, antiguo corresponsal de The Times en Madrid y uno de los grandes divulgadores de la figura y la obra del escritor español– en la primavera de 2015.

March 2, 2017

Spain’s merchandise exports notch up yet another record

Spain’s exports of goods rose in 2016 for the seventh year running, defying expectations that they would tail off as the economy recovers and domestic consumption picks up.

February 21, 2017

Inside Spain (16 January-20 February)

Rajoy offers to be Trump’s interlocutor in Europe and Latin America.
King’s brother-in-law convicted for fraud and influence peddling.
Thousands protest as former Catalan Premier stands trial.
Merchandise exports notch up yet another record.
Spain drops to 41st position in Transparency International’s Corruption Index.

February 21, 2017

Cyprus’s elusive reunification: a solution so near, yet so far

The reunification of Cyprus is one of the world’s longest running and intractable international problems. The latest talks in Geneva this month between Nicos Anastasiades, the Greek Cypriot President, and Mustafa Akinci, the Turkish Cypriot leader, after 20 months of negotiations, made significant progress. The issues of properties, territorial adjustments, security and guarantees are the most sensitive and core issues yet to be resolved and ones that will determine whether a solution can be reached and approved in referendums.

January 19, 2017

Inside Spain (20 December-16 January)

A busy international agenda.
Catalan independence: prosecutor seeks nine-year ban from public office for former Minister.
Fragmented parliament begins to adapt to a new style of politics.
Pre-crisis GDP (2008) will finally be recovered this year.
Repsol resumes oil activity in Libya.

January 18, 2017

Inside Spain (28 November-20 December)

Spaniards take a dim view of Donald Trump. Constitutional Court halts Catalan plan for independence referendum. Spain improves in PISA international education tests. IMF hails ‘impressive’ economic recovery. US leisure company plans mega US$2.2bn centre near Madrid.

December 20, 2016

Lavapiés recordará a Arturo Barea dando nombre a la plaza situada frente a las Escuelas Pías

Mi petición lanzada hace un año dar su fruto. Barea sería recordado en su país de origen y no solo en su país de exilio (Inglaterra).

December 1, 2016

My double nationality remarks at meeting of Brit ex-pats in Madrid

How many of you have lived in Spain for more than 10 years?

Those of you who have qualify, if you so wish, to start the process of double nationality provided you also pay taxes here and contribute to the social security system, assuming you are not retired.

A Spaniard in the UK, however, only needs five years residency and unlike we Brits does not run the risk of having his second passport (the British one granted to him) taken away from him if he continues to use his Spanish passport.

November 29, 2016

Inside Spain (17 October-28 November)

Spain back in the international arena, Merkel applauds Rajoy.
Madrid signals softer approach towards Gibraltar.
New Popular Party minority government faces many challenges.
European Commission downgrades growth forecast, making fiscal deficit reduction more difficult.
Ferrovial wins €300m high-speed train contract in UK.

November 29, 2016

Has the time come to reconsider Turkey’s EU membership?

The European Commission’s latest annual report on Turkey’s progress in meeting the conditions to become a full EU member shows that the rule of law, media freedom and human rights have deteriorated to such an extent since last July’s military coup attempt that it would be appropriate to wonder whether the two sides should consider abandoning the accession process.

November 15, 2016