Spain

  • Catalonia, out of business 2.0

    Recent developments in Catalonia have created turmoil in the Spanish economy. Following the 1st October referendum – considered illegal by both the Spanish government and the EU – and the Catalan intention to move ahead with a unilateral declaration of independence, the foundations of the fastest growing economy in the Eurozone are starting to shake.…

  • Catalonia: Out of Business?

    Catalonia is located at the North-Eastern extremity of Spain bordering with France. The region is similar in size to Belgium,  boasts a population of 7.5 million and amounts to 19% of the country’s GDP. The capital and largest city is Barcelona, the second-most populated municipality in Spain and seventh-most populous urban area in the European…

  • Spanish general elections – Political deadlock remains

    After six months of political deadlock, Spaniards headed to the polls on Sunday 26 June for an unprecedented repetition of the general elections. The truth is that little has changed since the December ballot that left the country without an elected government. The conservative Partido Popular (PP) has won most votes and increased the number…

  • A bumpy road for Catalonia to “Ithaca”

    Yesterday’s elections in Catalonia marked a pivotal moment for the pro-independence movement even if they were technically deemed as just another regional election. The fact that they ended up being a de facto referendum about the potential secession of Catalonia was already a victory for the pro-independence coalition, Junts pel sí (Together for yes), which…

  • Spanish regional and local elections – from streets to seats

    Last Sunday’s regional and local elections in Spain has seen the incumbent PP given a thrashing and represented a major win for grassroots movements. Spain held regional elections in 13 of its 17 regions (Andalusia, Catalonia, Galicia, and the Basque Country have separate regional electoral cycles) and local elections in more than 8,000 towns and…

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