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Christopher is a Barcelona-based journalist. Last year he completed an MA in economic development and immigration and he regularly covers Mediterranean energy issues. He writes the blog Medinsight, which examines southern Europe's political and economic developments.

Catalonia’s immigrants face lonely road ahead

Funding for immigrants' integration has been slashed  - in Catalonia and across Spain..

The Spanish government’s cuts have included slashing the funds aimed at easing integration of immigrants.

April 30th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

Energy debt burden looms large in Spain’s deficit reduction push

Spain's renewable industry has suffered a crisis of confidence in recent years.

Besides its many other budgetary worries, the new Spanish government has to solve the issue of a €24-billion debt in the energy sector.

March 15th, 2012 | Posted in Business, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Rajoy, reform and the burden of employment expectations

Rajoy's reform makes firing cheaper, but will it create jobs?

The government says its labour market reform will tackle the country’s soaring jobless rate, but it could be some time before the benefits are felt in the Spanish economy.

February 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Business, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Getting to the bottom of Spain’s daunting unemployment rate

A long queue to the unemployment office. But is the jobless issue in Spain really as bad as we are told?

The country has an official jobless rate of nearly 23 percent, the highest in Europe. But does that figure reflect the true state of the labour market and the Spanish economy? Apparently not.

February 8th, 2012 | Posted in Business, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Catalan cuisine faces the future by returning to its roots

Back to the future: Much cutting-edge Catalan cuisine refers to its rich past, such as this dish from Mam i Teca restaurant

In recent years, Catalonia’s chefs have become renowned across Spain and around the world for their molecular gastronomy. But many chefs in the north-eastern region are now moving in a more traditional direction.

January 9th, 2012 | Posted in Culture, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Spanish energy sector seeks clarity under Rajoy

The shape of things to come? The new government is likely to favour nuclear power, but post-Fukushima, it could have difficulty making progress in this area.

The new prime minister has kept his cards close to his chest on most issues, including plans for the energy industry. But we already have some clues regarding how Rajoy will handle the sector once he is in power.

December 19th, 2011 | Posted in Business, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

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