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The tragic struggle of the loser on the Vespa

Alfredo Landa

The late Alfredo Landa was more than just a star of Spanish comic cinema – he represented a country’s national and generational frustrations.

May 14th, 2013 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Santiago Carrillo: the nearly man

Santiago Carrillo.

Over the course of his near-100 years, Santiago Carrillo never missed the chance to further his career, shifting from Socialist to Stalinist, and then to Eurocommunist, until eventually settling for the role of seasoned political observer. A look back on the life of a true survivor.

September 19th, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Spain’s true crisis isn’t economic, it’s institutional

The Spanish Bull's bones.

The ongoing economic slump has helped erode the credibility of Spain’s banks, politicians, judiciary and royalty. The much-vaunted Transition to democracy needs to be updated.

June 29th, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Remember Gernika – but don’t forget Chaouen

The 75th anniversary of the bombing of the Basque town is a reminder of the carnage of the Spanish Civil War. But the Gernika bombing wasn’t the first of its kind.

May 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Franco in a fridge: he pulls in the punters, but is he art?

Spain’s former dictator is still news, as a generation of artists have made clear lately. But it’s a shame their work isn’t more interesting or relevant.

February 20th, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

Garzón affair reflects Spain’s tortured relationship with its past

Spain’s best-known judge goes on trial today for having dared attempt to investigate human rights violations during the Franco dictatorship.

January 24th, 2012 | Posted in Uncategorized | Read More »

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