Spain

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 –…

Spain has turned an internal dispute into an international incident

1 October 2017 19:14

How do you make the world sympathise with lawbreakers and subversives? Act the way the Spanish government has over the…

Sadness and dismay: how Spain views the Catalan independence vote

1 October 2017 10:23

In Barcelona civilians have been giving red carnations to policemen (a symbolic echo of the 1974 revolution in Portugal) but…

Catalonia’s fight for independence is turning nasty

22 August 2017 12:00

As if the issue of Catalonian secession wasn’t fraught enough, some of its most committed advocates are now arguing that the…

The historical backdrop to Spain’s terror troubles

18 August 2017 18:44

Why was Spain targeted by terrorists? asked the Guardian on Friday, a question that is also being posed by other…

Spain faces up to Europe’s new terror threat

18 August 2017 8:44

In the early hours of this morning, as police in Barcelona continued to piece together the terrible events on Las Ramblas…

Catalonia’s quest for independence takes another surreal turn

2 August 2017 17:54

In Spain, the fight over Catalonian independence has just taken a surreal new turn. Catalonian president Carles Puigdemont – a…

Spain’s lost generation

2 July 2017 10:30

Spain’s recent economic expansion means little to young Spaniards. Many are angry with the country’s tirelessly corrupt politicians, and are…

Can Anglo-Spanish relations survive Brexit?

4 April 2017 11:44

As the events of the last few days show, the increasingly toxic issue of Gibraltar means the UK’s Article 50 talks with Spain might become more…

What the papers say: the Gibraltar row heats up

4 April 2017 8:47

Theresa May says the way to deal with the row over Gibraltar is ‘jaw-jaw’ rather than war. And there is…

It’s no surprise Spain has already blocked Nicola Sturgeon’s half-baked Brexit plan

22 December 2016 15:37

It should come as no surprise that the Spanish government has so swiftly rejected Nicola Sturgeon’s proposal of a bespoke Brexit…

After a tumultuous year, Spanish politics returns to an uneasy status quo

20 December 2016 12:22

It’s been exactly a year ago since Spain held what would turn out to be the first of two general elections in…

Spain’s political deadlock finally ends

4 November 2016 11:38

After nearly a year of bickering and stalling, Spanish politicians have finally formed their country’s new government. Mariano Rajoy, leader of…

Jeremy Corbyn lets Theresa May off the hook again at PMQs

26 October 2016 13:18

Today’s PMQs could have been a tricky affair for Theresa May. Her decision on Heathrow has seen one Tory MP…

The Spanish left is a defeated force

14 October 2016 14:37

There aren’t many certainties in the maelstrom of Spanish politics at the moment, but there is one: that the left,…

Spain’s political freeze starts to bite

8 September 2016 14:07

The circus of Spanish politics shows no signs of stopping. For now, the country is managing to weather this eight…

Great hairdos, love the wallpaper – shame about the movie: Almodóvar’s Julieta reviewed

19 May 2016 15:27

Pedro Almodóvar’s last two films were affronts to his reputation as a director. The Skin I Live In (2011) was…