Spain

Spain was wrong to jail the Catalan separatists

15 October 2019 17:48

Some things just don’t pass the gut test. Your head tells you they’re right, all the facts point in their…

The deserved winners and big losers of Spain’s general election

29 April 2019 13:01

Spain’s general election yesterday – the third in four years – revealed a deserved winner and a big loser, as…

Spain’s populists are set to change the country’s politics for good

26 April 2019 14:50

For years, southern Spain has been one of the main entry points for migrants travelling to Europe from Africa or…

Matteo Salvini is doing Brussels a favour with his harsh migration policy

9 January 2019 11:56

Matteo Salvini, Italy’s deputy prime minister and interior minister, is one of the most controversial politicians in Europe. The 45-year…

How Spain’s socialist leader is winning over reluctant voters

23 June 2018 13:00

Spaniards didn’t ask for their new prime minister, but it seems that they’re starting to like him. The most recent…

‘We demand our right to vote’: what Spaniards really think of their new socialist PM

5 June 2018 15:17

Spain has a new prime minister, but Spaniards are not happy about it. A WhatsApp message is circulating across the country…

Denying the Catalans a vote may well do more harm than good

28 May 2018 13:34

Barcelona’s Barri Gotic is ablaze with banners. Virtually every balcony in the gothic quarter seems to be adorned with some…

The Catalan secessionists are back

18 May 2018 13:18

After almost five months without a government, Catalonia finally has a new leader. Quim Torra won a second-round investiture vote…

Carles Puigdemont’s arrest flares tensions in Catalonia

27 March 2018 15:09

Remember the Catalonia issue? Up until a couple of days ago, you would have been forgiven for supposing it had…

Mariano Rajoy must go

20 February 2018 12:01

Spaniards want a new prime minister. That’s the conclusion to be drawn from the latest opinion poll carried out by…

The stage is set for the Spanish government’s worst nightmare

22 December 2017 11:24

It’ll be a tense Christmas in the Spanish’s PM’s household this year. Yesterday, in an election called by Mariano Rajoy…

Catalonia’s ‘silent majority’ does not want independence from Spain

29 October 2017 8:22

Barcelona I was roaring through central Barcelona on the back of a motorcycle, in the midst of a pack of…

European press on Catalonia: “Suddenly, Brexit doesn’t seem so bad”

28 October 2017 13:01

“Look on the bright side…Brexit no longer seems so serious” Chappatte in Le Temps, Switzerland The events in Catalonia dominate…

Will Britain back Madrid for the sake of Brexit?

27 October 2017 17:57

Theresa May’s official spokesperson has just issued a statement on Catalonia’s declaration of independence that will please Madrid. It makes…

In Spain, the words ‘civil war’ will now be on everyone’s lips

27 October 2017 17:11

It was the option that had long been threatened, but few people imagined that the Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont, would…

The damage is done in Catalonia. Now it’s time to restore the rule of law

27 October 2017 16:23

If you have seen images from earlier today when the rump Catalan parliament – vacated by the non-separatist MPs, about…

Catalonia deserves independence as much as any other state

12 October 2017 11:14

Few, if any, commentators have seen fit to discuss the wider issue and the underlying morality from first principles. The…

Franco’s fascism is alive and kicking in Spain

10 October 2017 13:05

Barcelona After the demonstration in Barcelona on Sunday, I happened to walk past the city’s main police station. A unionist…

The conservative case against Catalonia’s separatist narrative

9 October 2017 11:00

Daniel Hannan has written, compellingly and eloquently as usual, about the constitutional crisis taking place in my country, Spain. In…

Catalonia: the other side of the story

7 October 2017 13:00

As a Spaniard living in Britain, it has been strange to read the coverage of Catalonia in recent days –…