Spain’s Prime Minister Can’t Win When It Comes to Catalonia
Pedro Sánchez’s pardons represent a balanced response to a divisive issue—but both sides have denounced him.
Spain Takes a Leap to the Populist Right
This week’s border crisis with Morocco will cast a long shadow over Spanish politics.
Is Brexit Driving Gibraltar Into Europe’s Arms?
The territory at the tip of Spain will remain British on paper, but in practice Brexit has brought it closer to the EU than ever before.
Who Wants to Be a Thousandaire?
Spain’s “mileurista” generation is a portent of things to come for the global economy.
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.