Spain’s Military Has No Time for Democracy
Retired officers nostalgic for the Franco dictatorship are denouncing the country’s elected government. King Felipe should condemn these anti-democratic forces just as his father did in 1981.
Deadly Restraints Are a Stain on the EU
The continued use of lethal restraints, as in the case of Iliass Tahiri in Spain, damages the bloc’s human rights advocacy around the world.
Johnson Is Bringing Brits Home, but They’re Probably Safer in Spain
The British government’s haphazard approach to quarantining travelers won’t make up for its failed domestic coronavirus containment efforts.
Is Spain’s Royal Family Finished?
Corruption charges against the former king forced him into exile—and the latest scandal could be the nail in the coffin for the monarchy.
The End of Immigration Detention Doesn’t Mean the End of Fortress Europe
The coronavirus pandemic temporarily ended the practice of detaining and deporting asylum-seekers in many countries, but harsher border controls could make reaching Europe and the United States harder than ever.
Spain’s Post-Lockdown Culture War Has Only Just Begun
The coronavirus response has increased political polarization, threatening the country’s economic recovery.
Spain’s Right Wing Sees Coronavirus Crisis as Opportunity
Conservatives have framed women’s rights rallies in March as a source of contagion, threatening to undermine the surging feminist movement.
Are the Germans Edging Closer to True Fiscal Union?
In a striking reversal, Merkel joins with France in recommending a euro fund that could be a timid first step toward greater integration.
Sorry, Americans, You Haven’t Even Had a Real Lockdown Yet
Here in Spain, even easing measures leaves them stricter than in most of the United States.
Europe Needs an Alexander Hamilton, Not More Budget Hawks
Without mutual debt in the form of Eurobonds, the continent’s economic crisis will get worse, Euroskepticism will increase, and the EU could fall apart.
European Hopes for Coronavirus Relief Rise—and Then Fall Again
The curve appeared to be flattening at last, but the latest numbers augur a longer crisis.
Spain’s King Isn’t an Obstacle to Dialogue. Catalonia’s Separatists Are.
Repeated attempts by Catalan secessionists to break away are increasing polarization and preventing reconciliation.
Fighting Pandemic, Europe Divides Again Along North and South Lines
Southern countries push for a eurobond while the wealthy North says “nein.”
Europe’s Central Bank, in About-Face, Swoops in to Save a Virus-Afflicted Continent
Only a week after implying she didn’t care about shielding more debt-troubled economies, the ECB's Lagarde reveals a 750 billion-euro fix. But the bitter trade war with U.S. resumes.