Spain finally has a new government: what lies ahead?

Spain’s minority Popular Party (PP) government, which will be voted in by parliament before the end of October after a 10-month limbo period following inconclusive elections last December and June, has a lot on its plate.

October 25, 2016

Where is Spain Going?

My talk at the Gibraltar Literary Festival. An extended version of the one given in Dublin and Galway.

October 20, 2016

Inside Spain (20 September-17 October)

Spain’s call for Britain to share sovereignty of Gibraltar rebuffed.
Socialists in crisis, soul searching over allowing a new Popular Party government.
Three former Popular Party treasurers in macro corruption trial.
Spain continues to overshoot budget deficit target.

October 18, 2016

Review of my Spain book in the International Journal of Iberian Studies

A New Course For Spain

October 11, 2016

Where is Spain Going? My talk at the Cervantes Institute, Dublin, and then NUI Galway

The famous and very successful Spanish tourism slogan of the 1960s – “Spain is different” – which it was then as the country was the only dictatorship in Western Europe apart from Portugal – has come back to haunt Spaniards, but this time for very different reasons.

October 6, 2016

Inside Spain (19 July-20 September)

Spain receives 2% of the refugees it agreed to accept.
Clock starts ticking towards third election in a year.
Rajoy ups growth forecast, warns of consequences of political deadlock.
Ferrovial enters Chilean electricity sector.

September 21, 2016

Spain on course for anther record year in tourism

Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey’s loss of tourists, because of political violence and security concerns, has been partly Spain’s gain, helping the country to notch up another record year in arrivals.

September 5, 2016

Una calle para Arturo Barea en Lavapiés

Para los admiradores de Arturo Barea (1897-1957), autor de la trilogía “La forja de un rebelde”, que murió en el exilio en Inglaterra, es una gran noticia que el Comisionado de la Memoria Histórica haya decidido honrarle al otorgar su nombre a una calle de Madrid. Yo me alegro, en particular, porque junto con dos amigas lanzamos una petición el diciembre pasado pidiendo al Ayuntamiento de Madrid reconocer al gran escritor. Nos parecía justo, pero en Lavapiés, escenario de su obra y donde pasó su infancia, y no donde el comisionado ha decidido.

July 28, 2016

Turkey’s coup: the first one that failed

The latest coup in Turkey, a country with a long history of military interventions, was the fifth since 1960, including a so-called e-coup in 1997 (the posting of an army declaration) that forced the Prime Minister to resign, and the first that failed.

July 18, 2016

Entrevista en Radio Nacional de España sobre doble nacionalidad para Británicos

July 12, 2016