The Tale of the Two Spains

April 07, 2020

The arrival of Podemos and VOX on the Spanish political scene not only meant that voters had new electoral options. It also led to a new, groundbreaking style that was a change from the stereotypical, uncreative and overused rhetoric displayed by other parties for years. With Podemos, a...

Looking at US Affairs from Afar

June 19, 2019

In today's Spain, there is a palpable sense of balance that opens the immediate moment to hopeful possibilities. While there, Larry Beck learned a lot about America. Imagine a place where people seem to enjoy meeting in cafes, bars and restaurants to talk with each other, connecting with other...

Turmoil in Spain, Crisis in Europe

October 12, 2016

The problems facing the Spanish left mirror the crisis engulfing Europe. The current chaos devouring Spain’s Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) has mixed elements of farce and tragedy. However, the issues roiling Spanish politics reflect a general crisis in the European Union (EU) and a sober...

From Brexit in the UK to Austerity in Spain

July 10, 2016

European elites are blaming “stupid” voters for turning against an economic system that hasn’t worked for them. On the surface, the June 23 Brexit and the June 26 Spanish elections don’t look comparable. After a nasty campaign filled with racism and Islamophobia, the British—or rather,...

Fragile Lives on the Streets of Valencia

May 17, 2016

The rates of homelessness in Valencia are much higher than official counts. The Spanish city of Valencia is famous for its wonderful lace and, of course, its oranges. It is a beautiful city and has so many talented young people living there, but it also hides some sad secrets. Figures show...

Can the New Left Govern Europe?

March 05, 2016

After a year of earthshaking victories and devastating setbacks, Europe’s new progressive parties are slowly learning how to balance governance with activism. Over the past year, left and center-left parties have taken control of two European countries and hold the balance of power in a third....

Colombia: A Step Back for Gay Marriage

May 19, 2013

A campaign against discrimination has been launched by gay activists in Colombia. Denying civil rights to a specific group in society, resembles the struggle against anti-Semitism and the African-American civil rights movement. In 2005, the government of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero...

What Would Happen if the EU Broke Up? (Part 2)

November 24, 2012

The former Prime Minister of Ireland discusses the possibility of the UK leaving the EU, and the questions it raises about the political structure of the union. This is the final part. Click here to read part one. ............ And Meanwhile in the United Kingdom As if Europe did not have...

Catalonia and the Rise of Economic Separatism in Europe

November 16, 2012

As prosperity grows in federal regions of Catalonia and Flanders, nationalist and separatist sentiments are being reinforced, as people seek greater control of their economy in the light of financial crisis.  Massive anti-austerity protests, twenty five percent unemployment and other economic...

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