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

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 »

Saramago: Iberia’s Godless conscience

When Portugal’s best-known novelist died recently, the Catholic Church was quick to underline its contempt for him. But there was more to the author of ‘Blindness’ than Marx and atheism.

July 2nd, 2010 | Posted in Culture, Books | Read More »

American breakfast and prayers for Zapatero

Zapatero’s apparent rapport with Barack Obama has brought an end to the frost of the Bush years, marking the latest development in Spain’s association with the United States. It has been a complex relationship which has seen plenty of twists over the decades.

January 25th, 2010 | Posted in Politics | Read More »

Spain, Europe and the world: Zapatero’s moment

The rotating presidency of the European Union could be a chance for Zapatero to boost his international profile. But with Spain still in deep economic crisis, is its prime minister really the man to lead Europe out of recession?

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

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