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Artur Mas: independence hero, or cynical politico clinging to power?

Artur Mas has called early elections in Catalonia.

The Catalan leader has upset the apple cart by calling early regional elections he says will be a referendum on self-rule. This will also avoid a messy poll in two years that might have seen his CiU coalition lose its majority.

October 8th, 2012 | Posted in Iberoblog, Featured | Read More »

Catalonia goes Kosovo

Barcelona's 2012 Diada.

The political crisis sparked by pro-independence sentiment in the northern region is heading towards an impasse. Swift action is needed to prevent Spain – and Europe – from suffering the consequences.

October 3rd, 2012 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

Schrödinger’s Catalonia

Artur Mas.

The spotlight has been thrown on the Catalan region once again, following its request for an economic bailout from Madrid. But how are its nationalists expected to react to current developments?

September 5th, 2012 | Posted in Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

The solution to the Catalan problem?

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 Politics, Featured, Spain News | Read More »

In Catalonia, the fringe is setting the agenda

The moderate nationalists who govern the northern region are being heavily influenced by pressure from pro-independence radicals who represent only a small section of the populace.

August 15th, 2011 | Posted in Politics, Featured | Read More »

Economy the priority for Catalan election victors

The CiU nationalists’ overwhelming election victory has significance both in the northern region and in broader Spanish politics.

November 29th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

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