Artur Mas and Catalonia’s Quest for Independence

January 30, 2018

In this guest edition of The Interview, Silvia Alvarez talks to former Catalan President Artur Mas. With the controversial investiture debate — in which a new pro-independence government headed by Carles Puigdemont will be elected in the Catalan parliament — set to take place, former...

Catalonia Is Still in Limbo

January 15, 2018

Catalonia’s political landscape remains dominated by forces more interested in separating from Spain than governing this fragile region. Most people start the new year with a renewed sense of hope and optimism for the future. It’s unlikely, however, that many Spaniards will be as...

Spain’s Art Repatriation Feud with Catalonia

December 02, 2017

Spain sees Catalonia as a property. The use of direct rule to recover disputed art proves it. The Spanish government has been exercising direct rule over Catalonia since October. This week, Spanish Culture Minister Iñigo Méndez de Vigo, acting as Catalan culture minister, has used his...

Unrest and Uncertainty to Continue in Catalonia

November 27, 2017

The upcoming election marks the next turning point in a constitutional crisis triggered by Madrid’s decision to dissolve the Catalan government. The run-up to the regional election on December 21 is widely seen as a second referendum on Catalan independence, which has fueled continued protests...

The Future of Spain’s Territorial Integrity

November 16, 2017

It is unlikely that recent developments in Catalonia will have an impact on the territorial organization of Spain. Politicians in Madrid and citizens all over Spain accept the fact that Catalonia’s dream is to become an independent republic. However, nobody thought that the pro-independence...

The Future of the Nation-State

November 03, 2017

When it comes to demagogues and divisiveness, Trump has plenty of competition — in Europe, the Middle East and all over our splintering planet. When the historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., published his bestseller The Disuniting of America in 1991, he didn’t seriously entertain the...

What Next for Spain and Catalonia?

October 14, 2017

The Catalan president has declared independence from Spain, but the government in Madrid has ruled the move illegal. On October 1, Catalonia held a referendum over whether the region should secede from Spain. According to regional authorities, around 90% opted in favor of independence, but only...

Is Spain About to Break Up?

September 18, 2017

Spain's Catalonia region votes for independence this fall. For some, it’s a referendum on austerity policies that have crippled economies all over Europe. When voters in Spain’s Catalan region go to the polls on October 1, much more than independence for the restive province will be at...

Bringing Justice to Catalonia

February 03, 2017

The leader of Catalonia’s independence movement deserves a fair trial. Authoritarian rulers have a crush on parading themselves as the embodiment of the country itself—usually called with the more uplifting name of fatherland—feeling entitled to crush any criticism and dissent as treason...

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