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Olwen Mears
Olwen is based near San Sebastian in the Basque Country. She previously worked as a staff journalist for a public broadcasting corporation. She has been permanently based in Spain since 2007. Olwen has also published freelance in The Olive Press, in both their on-line and print versions.

Spain still wrestles with immigration

A recent study showed that 48.9 percent of Spaniards believe immigration brings the quality of education down, yet the reality is different.

As the country’s economic slump stretches on, the challenge of dispelling misinformation about immigrants and encouraging their integration stiffens.

May 29th, 2013 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

The apocalypse comes to Barcelona

Los últimos días

‘Los últimos días’, directed by David and Àlex Pastor, is a gripping, stylish and well-constructed film with an intriguing plot… at least for the first hour or so.

April 15th, 2013 | Posted in Culture, Featured, Films, Spain News | Read More »

Spanish education reforms…in the wrong direction

Children arriving at school in Madrid.

Schools’ emphasis on academic study, examination and cramming in the hours is dragging the country’s children back. But a planned overhaul of the system could simply make things worse.

November 12th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog, Spain News | Read More »

Jesús Eguiguren: the last negotiator

Jesús Eguiguren.

The president of the Basque Socialist Party has been a provocative figure in Spanish politics in recent years. But a year after ETA declared the end of its campaign of violence, it’s time to acknowledge his efforts to bring about peace in the Basque Country.

October 19th, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

San Sebastián Film Festival: Happy Hoffman and a hold-up

A scene from ¡Atraco!'.

US actor receives Donostia prize and presents his directorial debut, while a Franco-era farce mixes heist high-jinx with politics.

October 1st, 2012 | Posted in Featured, Films, Iberoblog | Read More »

San Sebastián Film Festival: disaster and art

A scene from 'El artista y la modelo'.

‘The Impossible’ tastefully returns to the 2004 tsunami, while Fernando Trueba triumphs with ‘El artista y la modelo’.

September 29th, 2012 | Posted in Films, Iberoblog | Read More »

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