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Asturias Burning

  • June 12, 2012
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CELEBRATIONS are always premature in the manic depressive world of the eurozone, and Spain’s conservative prime minister Mariano Rajoy should have known better than to present Sunday’s bailout deal as a victory.    

By Monday evening German politicians were disputing his claim that the deal came with no strings attached, and insisting that the...

Spain is different (1)

Spain is different (1)

  • August 17, 2011
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I’m writing from Barcelona, where I lived for nine years during the 1990s.    The early 90s were boom years for the Catalan capital, as they were for Spain in general.   It was a period in which the Barcelona town council and the regional government was pouring money into public building...

Los Indignados

  • May 21, 2011
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Astonishing events are unfolding in Spain, where anti-austerity protests have been taking place across the country  on the eve of regional and local elections. 20,000 people have turned the Puerta del Sol in Madrid into a mini Tahrir Square.

Last week there were protests in more than fifty cities, in what appears to be a spontaneous...

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