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The solution to the Catalan problem?

Could a deal on language and money resolve Catalonia's differences with Madrid?

A possible pact involving fiscal controls and use of the Spanish language in schools might just soothe tensions between Madrid and Barcelona.

November 11th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

Scrappy Spanish election debate leaves Rajoy in pole position

Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba (left) and Mariano Rajoy (right) ahead of Monday's debate.

Socialist candidate Rubalcaba was more aggressive and confident throughout Monday’s televised debate, but his opponent did enough to protect a massive poll lead.

November 8th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News | Read More »

The man who knew Fidel Castro, Warhol and Franco’s Spain

Díaz-Balart fled Castro's rebellion only to witness and take part in New York's own revolution. Photo: Guy Hedgecoe.

Waldo Díaz-Balart used to be married to the sister of Cuba’s revolutionary former leader. But he remembers with more fondness his stint in 1960s New York, where he lived before settling in Madrid to develop his career as an abstract artist.

November 4th, 2011 | Posted in Culture, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Spain’s Civil War film canon needs new urgency

Carlos Saura's '¡Ay Carmela!' A fine contribution to the large body of work based on the Spanish Civil War.

Plenty of excellent movies about this traumatic period in Spain’s history have been made. New drama ‘The Sleeping Voice’ isn’t one of them.

October 28th, 2011 | Posted in Culture, Featured, Films, Spain News | Read More »

Flamenco, Aznar and good behaviour: Gaddafi’s Spanish visit

Horses for courses: José María Aznar with Gaddafi in 2007.

When the Libyan leader came to Spain in 2007, there were fears he would severely embarrass the Socialist government. But while Zapatero faced criticism for welcoming Gaddafi, the guest created more of a stir with his personal quirks than his public comments.

October 24th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Politics, Spain News, Wikileaks | Read More »

The end of ETA violence offers Spain’s cynical politicos a fresh start

The end is nigh for ETA.

The Basque terrorist group’s announcement that it has ended its campaign of violence should end four decades of division and tragedy. But it also represents an opportunity for the country’s politicians to start showing some badly needed statesmanship.

October 21st, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Iberoblog | Read More »

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