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The Chávez trap

Hugo Chávez

Figures such as the late Venezuelan leader tempt us into making Cold War-style judgements that lack subtlety and often miss the point.

March 13th, 2013 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

“Why don’t you shut up?”

“Why don’t you shut up?”

Hugo Chávez’s now famous run-in with Spain’s King Juan Carlos.

March 6th, 2013 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

Friendship with Chávez “a necessary evil” for Portugal’s Sócrates

Chávez's overtures made Sócrates (right) uncomfortable.

Wikileaks cables show how his relationship with Chávez left Sócrates concerned both at relations with Washington and the well-being of the Portuguese community in Venezuela.

September 19th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Portugal News, Wikileaks | Read More »

Venezuela’s ETA haven tests limits of soft diplomacy

The Spanish government is trying to avoid hurting substantial business interests in Venezuela despite revelations about ETA’s presence there. This approach might save Spain money, but it could also exhaust Zapatero’s political capital.

October 8th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

FARC, ETA and Al Qaeda: the terror connection

Ongoing terrorism investigations suggest some extraordinary links between three very different terror groups. Recent allegations related to these connections have put the government of Prime Minister Zapatero in an uncomfortable spot as it tries to protect Spain’s investments in Venezuela.

March 24th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

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